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COINS ANTIQUITIES



FINE ANTIQUITIES AND WORLD ART OBJECTS


THE EMERITUS COLLECTION: Newly listed featuring several thousand Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Egyptian Holy Land, and other Near Eastern pieces, the property of a University Vice President.


SIGNED WU BING PAINTING

12866. LARGE CHINESE PAINTING ON SILK DEPICTING BIRDS AND FLOWERS. The painting depicting white egrets and songbirds among willows, lotus and peonies by a stream. A masterwork of early Chinese painting. On the lower left of the panel there are seven Chinese characters, which include the name of the Chinese master, Wu Bing. Whether this is an original Wu Bing or not is uncertain. The rendering is excellent and the painting could well be of the period. On the other hand it could be another Chinese master's copy of a Wu Bing from slightly later. A detail image of the characters is included. 39.75" wide x 76.5" high. Stabilized on an old protective panel backing. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman. Verso 1. Verso 2. Verso 3. Verso 4. Verso 5. Full view. Signature. Chinese character translation.

Wu Bing (12th c.), Song Dynasty (960-1279). A native of Jiangsu province, was a Southern Song court artist during the Shaoxi era (active 1190-1194) and served as a Painter-in-Attendance. He specialized in painting close up scenes of nature of flowers, birds and insects, all of which he rendered with exceptional detail and naturalism. One of the most famous of Chinese painters, his works can be found at the National Palace Museum, Taipei, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of his paintings recently sold at auction in Beijing for $7,983,162 USD.

On sale at: POR.




12867. EARLY MING DYNASTY CHINESE SCROLL DEPICTING LADIES IN A LANDSCAPE. The scroll depicting a central female figure in a feathered cloak and holding a scepter. The subject matter is the Queen Mother of the West. There are two red seals in the lower left as well as writing applied to the exterior on the top of the scroll. Details of the marks are included along with an image of characters on the outside of the scroll. 30 x60 inches. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman. Full view. Verso 2. Verso 3. Verso 4. Chinese character translation.

On sale at: $75,000.




FROM THE COLLECTION OF HIS GRACE, THE LATE DUKE OF BUCKINGHAM AND CHANDOS AT STOWE HOUSE

12865. ALLAN RAMSAY, R.A., (of the Royal Academy), PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GENTLEMAN IN BLUE COAT & WHITE STOCK. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman. Verso 1. Verso 2. Verso 3.

On sale at: $75,000.




EXHIBITED AT THE 1878 PARIS EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE
EXHIBITED AT THE NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART

12863. E. TANNIN, BRONZE BUST FROM THE 1878 PARIS EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE. 17 x 34 inches. Bronze bust of the French symbol of Liberty, also known as Marianne, from the 1878 Paris Exposition Universelle. Marianne was the inspiration for the France's gift America, the Statue of Liberty. This bronze closely resembles the head of Liberty, which was exhibited at the Exposition the same year. Instead of the spiked crown of the liberty statue for America, we see a laurel surmounted by a five pointed star. Symbols of the arts and industries of France are emblazoned on the sash. The bronze has its original finish but shows evidence of past over-zealous cleaning of the base. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman, exhibited at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Verso 1. Verso 2. Verso 3. Verso 4. Verso 5.

On sale at: $65,000.




12856. EGYPTIAN CHILD'S SARCOPHAGUS LID, Ptolemaic, c. 350 BC. Of finely modeled fabric with gesso, gilt and paint depicting a small child's body with arms crossed over the chest. 9.25 x 20.5 x 6 inches. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman. Verso 1. Verso 2. Verso 3.

On sale at: POR




EX SOTHEBY PARKE BERNET

12857. EGYPTIAN SARCOPHAGUS LID, 20th - 26th Dynasty, 1196-525 BC. Partial wood sarcophagus lid with deeply carved and incised face with original paint and form intact. Figure is portrayed wearing a broad beaded collar and tripartite wig decorated with a winged scarab, the face painted red, the the details in red, white and blue. 17 x 27 x 7 inches. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman, Ex. William C. Hayes, New York, Ex Martin Schaefer acquired from Sotheby Parke Bernet, Dec. 7, 1973, no. 196A, illus.. Verso 1. Verso 2.

On sale at: $75,000.




12858. EGYPTIAN SARCOPHAGUS LID. 1st-millennium BC. Carved and painted wood. All original with no pinpointing. 18.5 x 24.5 x5 inches. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman, Ex collection Jeanne Baret, France and the United States. Verso 1. Verso 2. Verso 3.

On sale at: $75,000.




12859. EGYPTIAN STANDING WOOD FIGURE, 1st millennium BC. Carved and painted wood. Important figure with original paint wearing a waist to knee wrap kilt and painted pectoral collar. Some minor repairs to the feet. 16 inches high. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman. Verso 1. Verso 2.

On sale at: $50,000.




12862. HEAD OF A CHINESE GENERAL, Ming Dynasty, c. 15th-16th century. Terra cotta with glass eyes and traces original pigment. The pigment is on fine linen which was laid on the original molded image. The Areas of the back left bare. ~18 inches high. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman. Verso 1. Verso 2. Verso 3. Verso 4. Verso 5.

On sale at: $55,000.




LAJOS BARDOCZ, HUNGARIAN

12864. STILL LIFE WITH FLOWERS 1937. Oil on canvas, ~3 x 4 feet including frame. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman, Ex the collection of the Hungarian National Gallery (white label on back was applied at the museum with its stamp. The stamp is half on and half off the label for security. Stamped twice. The painting was relined post-1960, probably by the museum. At the time of the relining, the painting was seated in a fine Louis XIV-style gilded frame of earlier date, probably the late 19th century, in which it remains currently. The painting is oversized for the frame, so a portion of the lower interior section was removed to accommodate the painting. About 4 inches of the painting is hidden there by the frame. The tag on back reads Magyar Nemzeti Galeria Budavari Palota, which translates to Hungarian National Gallery, which is the National Museum of Hungary. Verso 1. Verso 2.

On sale at: $35,000.




12860. ANCIENT EGYPTIAN COBRA-HEADED GODDESS, c. 1000 BC. Faience figure of a snake-headed goddess with human body and wearing a wig. 3.5 inches high, 4.9 inches including stand. Lower portion lost. In Egyptian mythological iconography the cobra can represent various female deities, such as Hathor in her protective function. The cobra was sacred to Wadjet, the cobra goddess of Buto, who represented Lower Egypt and kingship. The cobra goddess Renenet was a fertility goddess who was sometimes depicted as nursing children and as protector of the pharaoh. Another cobra goddess was Meretseger, 'she who loves silence', who could punish criminals with blindness or her venom. A rare depiction. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman. Verso 1. Verso 2.

On sale at: $3500.




12861. FINE PAIR OF ANCIENT EGYPTIAN SARCOPHAGUS EYES, c. 1000 BC. ~7 inches wide. Bronze with bone inlay. The pupils, now missing, appear black against the black acrylic mount. Originally they would have been inlaid into a sarcophagus lid. Provenance: The collection of a Southern gentleman. Formerly on loan to the New Orleans Museum of Art where it was appraised and insured for $10,000.

On sale at: $7500.




12853. INTRICATE SINU GOLD FINIAL. 25 x 40mm. 9.32 gm. Very fine and intricate work. Provenance: The Emeritus Collection. Verso. Verso 2.

On sale at: $4850.




12115. EXCEPTIONAL EARLY CHRISTIAN INLAID BUCKLE. Byzantine, 5th-8th centuries AD. Bronze buckle with several paste inlays in yellow, red, and green forming a processional cross on a standard, surrounded by the inscription .K.IEBOM Θ.ITOdM. Two attachments on back. Maximum length: 46mm. Small break at base of buckle and on frontal attachment on back, otherwise a very well preserved specimen. An exceptional and rare early Christian artifact.

On Sale at: $3750.




12114. EXCEPTIONAL CELTIC FIGURAL SILVER FIBULA. 1st-2nd centuries AD. Silvered bronze fibula in the form of a facing bust of a boy, flanked by dragons above dolphins. Simple pin attachment on back. Maximum width: 30mm. Pin intact with much of the silvering remaining. Encrustation, particularly heavy on the back. A very rare type.

On Sale at: $1750.




12113. LARGE HELLENISTIC GREEK SILVER INLAY FIBULA. Bronze fibula with silver inlay. Greek, Hellenistic Period, 3rd-1st century BC. Large fibula with flat body set with two rows of chevrons in silver, set over an elongated pin catch. Neck is formed with a wrapped bronze wire and a larger flat bow, inset with silver triangles. Bronze polygonal finial. Maximum length: 96mm. Dark green patina. Pin missing. Scratches and encrustation. A very rare type.

On Sale at: $1750.




11988. LARGE GANDHARAN PRINCE OR SAINT MEDITATING UNDER THE BODHI TREE. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 95 cm. (37 inches) height.A magnificent large piece with excellent detail. Provenance: The collection of an Asian business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Full view. Base detail.

On Sale at: $55,000.




11989. LARGE GANDHARAN STANDING BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 120 cm. (47 inches) height. A choice large piece of beautiful style. Provenance: The collection of an Asian business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Right side. Left side. Full view.

On Sale at: $75,000.




11695. CIRCLE OF CHARLES-ANTOINE COYPEL, 1694-1752. Les Amours Forgerons, painted c. 1715-1720. Oil on canvas in gilt oval frame. Depicting a group of semi-naked Cherubs forging arrows for Cupid's bow under the watchful eye of Vulcan or perhaps a satyr. This painting repeats the composition of a lost work by Coypel which was painted for the Duc de Chartres, Louis d'Orleans (1703-1752). An engraving after the painting was executed by Louis Desplaces (see T. Lefrancois, Charles Coypel, p. 150, ills. P.12A). 16 inches diameter in 21 inch square frame. Provenance: A Texas old master collection. Acquired at Sotheby's sale 7345, lot 92 in 1999 (Original Sotheby's catalogue included with the painting). Sotheby's listing. Verso.

About the painter: Charles-Antoine Coypel (1694-1752) was a French painter, and like his father, he became the "Premier Peintre du Roi" (First Painter of the King) and director of the Academie Royale in 1747. Coypel also wrote comedies, tragedies, and some poetry. He was also a tapestry designer. Source: The J. Paul Getty Museum. Engraving: The Harvard Art Museum shows an engraving by Louis Desplaces (1682-1739) titled "Cupids Forging Arrows". The curious aspect is that its frame is very similar to the one of this "circle" of Coypel. Could this print be based on this painting? Coypel Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries Worldwide: - Notable Site: Art Institute of Chicago - Notable Site: Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia - Design of Upholstery for the Couch "Cupid Sleeping", 1725 - Notable Site: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 6 works online by Coypel - Notable Site: Louvre Museum Database, Paris - Notable Site: Louvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French) - Notable Site: Charles-Antoine Coypel at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City - Notable Site: Charles-Antoine Coypel at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. Diana and Endymion, 1720s Bilbao Fine Arts Museum, Spain Portrait of a Young Woman Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond The Cowardice of Sancho at the Hunt (from the Don Quixote series).

On Sale at: $25,000.




11682. LARGE VIKING MAN'S BRONZE RING. Denmark. c. 10th century AD. With detailed engraved designs and excellent emerald patina. Intact but for small chip to bezel. Bezel 33 x 30 mm. 25mm internal diameter (see our Ring Size converter in our Tools, Links section.) Provenance: A metal detectorist find in Denmark. Side view.

On Sale at: $1250.




11712. LARGE GUPTA TERRACOTTA VISHNU, 320-550 AD. 24 x 11 inches. Finely burnished and detailed finish. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Right side. Left side. Back.

On Sale at: $27,500.




11711. TIBETAN THANGKA (TANKA) OF AVALOKITHESHVARA. Tibet, 18th century. 14 x 10 inches. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: $25,000.




11710. TIBETAN THANGKA (TANKA) OF VAJRAPANI. Tibet, 18th century. 23 x 20 inches. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: $15,000.




11709. LARGE PALA BUDDHA. India, 8th-12th century AD. 46 inches tall. Carved in very fine grained dark brown stone and polished to a fine finish. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Back.

On Sale at: $45,000.




11708. LARGE PALA STUPA. India, 8th-12th century AD. Limestone. 27 inches tall. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Left side. Back.

On Sale at: $25,000.




11707. LARGE KHMER LIMESTONE NAGA, 12th-13th century AD. 30 inches tall. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Right side. Left side. Back.

On Sale at: $45,000.




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.




11705. LARGE GANDHARAN SEATED BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 32 inches tall x 18 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.

On Sale at: $35,000.




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.




11703. LARGE STUCCO STANDING BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 41 inches tall. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Right side.

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.




11700. LARGE DIPANKARA STYLE STANDING BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 23 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: $25,000.




11699. LARGE GANDHARAN STUCCO HEAD OF A BODHISATTVA. 1st-2nd century AD. 14 inches tall. With considerable traces of original color remaining. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Left side. Right side.

On Sale at: $17,500.




11698. BUDDHA'S DEFEAT OF THE DEMON MARA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 24 x 18 inches. A beautiful stele of the seated Buddha surrounded by attendants and devotees having defeated the demon Mara. In excellent condition. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: $35,000.




11697. LARGE GANDHARAN HEAD OF THE BUDDHA. 1st-2nd century AD. 14 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: $19,500.




11696. LARGE GANDHARAN BODHISATTVA. 1st-2nd century AD. 38 inches tall, 20 inches wide. Of the finest style. Provenance: From the collection of an international business executive. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Left side. Right side.

On Sale at: $45,000.




11688. SMALL MAYAN BURNISHED RED WARE BOTTLE. c. 6th-8th century AD. 2.75 x 2.75 inches. Intact. Reverse view.

On Sale at: $250.




11686. DAUNIAN GREEK TWO HANDLED BOTTLE. c. 4th-3rd century BC, A Daunian bottle of heavy fabric and elegant form. A rarer type. Intact but for very small rim chip and some iron stains. 9 x 9.25 inches. Reverse view.

On Sale at: $750.




THE ROMAN FORUM 1876

11684. LE FORUM ROMAIN, ET LES FORUMS DE JULES CESAR, D'AUGUSTE, DE VESPASIEN, DE NERVA ET DE TRAJAN, Par Ferdinand Dutert, 1876. Elephant folio 13 x 20 x 0.75 inches. Original leather binding and finely marbled end leaves. 45 pages of text with interspersed engravings including a number of architectural coin reverses. 9 full page engravings, about half double page, one plate missing. Sound and in generally excellent condition with minimal foxing and matching protective leather strips on top and bottom of spine. Cover. End plate marbling.

On sale at: $2500.




11680. ROMAN MARBLE BUST OF A BOY, MOST LIKELY THE YOUNG NERO. 1st century AD, Julio-Claudian Period. Finely carved marble bust of a noble boy in Neronic style wearing a toga fastened with a large clasp on his left shoulder quite possibly the young Nero. Compare this nearly identical portrait of Nero as a boy from a Roman gold coin .) 40 x 34 x 17 cm. Break to right shoulder, slight chip to tip of nose, and some slight calcified deposits attesting age. Provenance: Property of an Italian family by descent. Shipped from Italy with official export document from the Italian Ministry of Culture. Left side. Back view. Right side. Export Permit page 1. Export Permit page 2.

On Sale at: $75,000.




11681. ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF A BEARDED MAN. 3rd century AD, The marble head of bearded man, perhaps an emperor or philosopher. 23 x 19 x 16 cm. Wear consistent with age and some removable dirt stains and some slight calcified deposits attesting age. Provenance: Property of an Italian family by descent. Shipped from Italy with official export document from the Italian Ministry of Culture. Right side. Left side. Export Permit page 1. Export Permit page 2.

On Sale at: $25,000.




11678. FINELY CARVED MUGHAL FAI JALI (BALUSTRADE). Mughal India, 16th-17th century. 20 h x 33 w x 2.5 thick inches. 120 lbs. A single piece of fine white marble carved in openwork with repeating hexagonal designs. Intact. A few stains, but should be easily removable. Mounted on heavy duty custom professional stand. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector. Other side.

SOLD.




THE ORIGINAL DOLLAR!

11670. INTACT HORDE OF 24 LION DOLLARS. Netherlands, early 1600's. A newly discovered intact horde of 24 Dutch Lion daalders. Struck for overseas trade at the height of the early Dutch overseas trading empire these lion dollars were circulated worldwide and became the standard trade currency of the day. 40-42 mm. Average weight a little under 27 grams. The Dutch word 'daalder', the denomination of these crown and thaler sized coins, is the origin of our word 'dollar', the denomination chosen by the founding fathers for the early coinage of the United States. Average VF with better than average strikes and condition. Reverses.

On sale at: $3750.




11676. EGYPTIAN BRONZE BES. 1st millennium BC. 8 cm. Good detail. Back view.

On sale at: $2750.




11668. FINE MEDIEVAL ORNAMENT WITH GILDING AND NIELLO. Hungary, likely Arpad Hazi royal bloodline period, c. 1100-1300 AD, the first Hungarian royal dynasty. The ornament in silver with niello inlay and gilded borders, with four small tenons for attachment on the back. Likely used to ornament some wooden liturgical casket or perhaps the jewelry box of a noble. 14 x 15 mm. A very fine quality and very rare medieval ornament. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's. Back view.

On sale at: $1750.




11667. RARE LIMOGES GILDED ANGEL FITTING. Limoges, France, c. 12th century AD. The bronze fitting with holes for attachment to some wooden liturgical casket or perhaps the jewelry box of a noble, or possibly a bookplate. The piece ornamented with a gilded angel. 1.25 x 2.5 inches. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's. Similar example found in a dig at Buckfast Abbey, Devon, England.

On sale at: $2750.




11666. FINE QUALITY ROMAN PATERA HANDLE. Roman Province of Pannonia, c. 2nd-4th century AD. The bronze patera handle terminating in the helmeted head of a warrior or priest. 1.5 x 5.25 inches. Roman pateras were shallow bronze vessels of frying pan form. They were used to make offerings during religious ceremonies. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's.

On sale at: $1450.




11665. MIGRATION PERIOD SILVER EQUESTRIAN BROOCH. Hungary, 6th-10th century AD. The silver brooch in the form of a horse and rider with incised details representing chain mail, remains of iron pin attachment on back. 24 x 29 mm. The front foreleg lost. Rare Migration Period ornament. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's. Back side.

On sale at: $950.




11664. VERY RARE ROMAN SPECIAL PURPOSE ARROWHEAD. Roman Province of Pannonia, c. 2nd-4th century AD. The rare special purpose arrowhead made of iron with wide flat head pierced by two holes and strengthened by a central rib. 4.3 x 2 inches. Very rare and an excellent example in excellent condition especially for an ancient iron artifact. The exact use of these rare arrowheads is not certain. Experts speculate that they carried either fire or messages, likely signal streamers attached to the two holes for signaling legions during combat. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's.

On sale at: $950.




11663. CHOICE ROMAN BRONZE KEY. Roman Province of Pannonia, c. 2nd-3rd century AD. The key of heavy bronze with rectangular cross section handle and 90^ mechanism. Slightly bend at the neck probably as made for better visibility when inserting as there are no signs of damage to the heavy neck. A choice example completely covered with fine glossy orange green patina. 3.4 inches. One of the finest we've carried. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's.

On sale at: $950.




11662. FINE ROMAN TERRA SIGILLATA FRAGMENT WITH HEAD OF PAN. Roman Province of Pannonia, c. 2nd-3rd century AD. The small burnished red ware fragment with the bearded head of Pan facing left. 27 x 30 mm. Roman terra sigillata was a fine quality burnished red ware favored by the upper classes which was typically ornamented with embossed figures and designs such as this one. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's.

On sale at: $350.




11661. ROMAN LEGIONARY MILITARY DIPLOMA FRAGMENT. Roman Province of Pannonia, c. 3rd-4th century AD. The small bronze fragment clearly inscribed in Latin on both sides. 20 x 25 mm. Rare. Excellent smooth forest green patina. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's.

Preliminary reading:

Side A:
M NRCI
ROMC
ACM

Side B:
RMI
TVSCO
MI PRAES
VS

Roman legionary diplomas were given to retiring legionary soldiers by the Roman military authorities to certify their years of legionary service, often with the gift of property in a Roman Colonia. They were often broken into smaller and smaller fragments and the pieces distributed among the male descendants to prove their heritage. Other side.

On sale at: $1750.




11660. FINE ROMAN BUCKLE WITH BUSTS OF AN EMPEROR AND EMPRESS. Roman Province of Pannonia, c. 4th century AD. Finely constructed bronze buckles with two Constantinian style busts, likely that of a Constantinian emperor and empress. 1.75 x 1.75 inches. A very rare type of buckle. Covered with an excellent smooth forest green patina. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's. Back view.

On sale at: $1750.




11669. CELTIC BRONZE AXE HEAD. Hungary, late 1st millennium BC. A Celtic cast bronze axehead with side attachment loop. 1.8 x 4 inches. In excellent condition with original find patina and detail and good edge. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's. Other side.

On sale at: $1450




11658. RARE ROMAN ENGINEERING COMPASS. Roman Province of Pannonia, c. 2nd-4th century AD. A Roman bronze engineering compass, one of the two prongs broken, the other bent. Used for transferring engineering measurements on construction plans. Quite rare example of a Roman tool. Length as is 4 inches. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's. Underside.

SOLD.




11657. ROMAN LEGIONARY TILE WITH CANINE IMPRINT. Roman Province of Pannonia, c. 2nd-4th century AD. A Roman legionary building tile (baked orange clay brick) with the imprint of a dog's footprint, likely the pet of a legionary soldier or local camp dog who stepped on it while it was drying prior to baking. The tile 6 x 7 x 1.25 inches, the print 2 x 3 inches. The print quite clear with excellent detail including the claw marks. Some ancient calcified deposits in the impressions attesting authenticity. Quite rare. Provenance: From an old Hungarian collection formed in the 1960's.

On sale at: $650.




11526. RARE TEMPLAR ALABASTER CHALICE. Romanesque 1160-1223. 16.5 cm high x 13.5 cm wide x 12 cm deep. Incised with Templar cross and three other crosses. Side A. Side B. Side C. Interior. Documentation. Carbon date report of contents. The Symbology of the Chalice. Provenance: An old London collection. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11670. EARLY SPANISH GOLD CROSS WITH 34 EMERALDS. Spain, 17th-18th century. A beautiful and highly ornate Spanish gold cross set with 34 emeralds 2.5 inches in height. No doubt made with Spanish gold and emeralds from the New World judging from the small Pillars of Hercules mark on the back. Intact, wearable with original suspension loop and in excellent condition save for a couple of minute press marks on the reverse. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Side view. Back view.

On sale at: $27,500.




11648. MAGNIFICENT LATE BYZANTINE GOLD CROSS WITH MATCHING PENDANTS. A matching set consisting of a 22kt gold openwork cross, beautifully decorated and set with cabochon garnets each side, slightly out of true but otherwise extremely excellent condition, suspension loop intact, dating to the late Byzantine period, measuring 6.5 cm x 4.5 c, x 0.9 cm. and weighing 24.78 gm. Plus a matching pair of large 22kt gold temple pendants having a beautiful openwork design, and each having a hinged hanging loop with pin, dating to the late Byzantine Period, measuring 5cm in length and weighing 36.46 grams. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Front view. Side view. Pendants. Pendants.

On sale at: $35,000.




11671. ROMAN GILDED SILVER SPOON WITH HIPPOCAMP AND GARNETS. 1st-4th century AD. The spoon ornamented with the figure of a Hippocamp with horse's head, humped body, and long fishy tail set with two garnets. 19 cm. length. In excellent condition with traces of gilding. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Other side. Underside.

On sale at: $2450.




11639. MAGNIFICENT ROMAN MOSAIC REPRESENTING THE WEDDING OF ARIADNE. 2nd century AD. 195 x 200 cm. 78 kg. Excellent condition with no apparent restoration. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On sale at: $145,000.




11637. MAGNIFICENT ROMAN MOSAIC REPRESENTING THE EUPHRATES. 2nd century AD. ~155 x 155 cm. ~160 kg. A very rare subject matter representing the river Euphrates holding grain ears signifying the river's significance to the grain harvest, with identifying inscription. Complete and original save for slight restoration of white tesserae above the head. Provenance: Ex. Christie's sale number 2364 on December 9, 2010 (more details in catalogue). Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Detail of face.

On sale at: $135,000




11640. BEAUTIFUL ROMAN MOSAIC WITH ANIMALS. 2nd century AD. Landscape scene with a leopard chasing two deer with birds and flowers below. 135 x 239 cm. 75 kg. Excellent condition with a few tesserae missing on leopard's belly. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On sale at: $95,000.




11641. BEAUTIFUL ROMAN MOSAIC WITH ANIMALS. 2nd century AD. Landscape scene with bull and lioness confronting each other with birds and flowers below within a 3-dimensional interwoven border. 133 x 278 cm. 85 kg. Excellent condition with a few small areas of missing tesserae. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On sale at: $95,000.




11642. BEAUTIFUL ROMAN GEOMETRIC MOSAIC. 2nd century AD. 96 x 186 cm. Excellent condition. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On sale at: $35,000.




11643. MARVELOUS ROMAN GEOMETRIC MOSAIC. 2nd century AD. 109 x 191 cm. Excellent condition. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

SOLD.




11644. ROMAN MOSAIC WITH EROS PURSUING A GOAT. 2nd century AD. 122 x 56 cm. Small areas of missing tesserae. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On sale at: $29,500




11638. ROMAN MOSAIC WITH EROS AND SEA CREATURES. 2nd century AD. 143 x 146 cm. 40 kg. Some restoration. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On sale at: $25,000




PRICE REDUCED!

11143. SUBSTANTIAL ORNATE BYZANTINE GOLD BOX CROSS, c. 5th-7th century AD. The box cross with indented squared arms, granulated sheet gold over solid core ornamented with granulated Omega symbols within circular filigrees, an original green glass setting at the center in a high cylindrical bezel. Heavy suspension loop with granulated edges at top. , the reverse decorated with chased crosses and dots within a dot border along the arms. A similar example recently sold at Bonhams Sale 16777 - Antiquities, 29 Apr 2009 (Dec. 97, lot 210) for £30,000. 3 x 4.5 cm. 10.04 g. Very rare. Missing omega and some horn silver deposits at tip of left arm. Quite solid and wearable with care. Provenance: From an old European collection.

On sale at: $2500.




11612. THE ANGEL GABRIEL AT THE ANNUNCIATION. French or Italian, c. 16th-18th century. Oil on canvas. The Angel Gabriel holds Easter lilies, symbols of the annunciation. 22 x 28.5 inches. No visible signature. An important painting by a true master but in need of proper cleaning as it is darker than shown. Any information as to artist and date greatly appreciated. Back of canvas.

On sale at: P.O.R.




11544. NICOYA SPREAD LEG FEMALE FIGURE. 18 x 13 cm. Cracks to back. Provenance: An Italian collection collected by the family of the current owner in the 1950's in Buenos Aires. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On sale at: $650.




11542. SET OF 5 MEZCALA CARVED STONE IDOLS. Excellent condition. Provenance: An Italian collection collected by the family of the current owner in the 1950's in Buenos Aires. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On sale at: $650.




6230. SOTHEBY'S, THE CHRISTOS G. BASTIS COLLECTION OF GREEK AND ROMAN ANTIQUITIES, December 9. 1999. Hard bound, choice condition internally, minor scuffs to dust jacket. Superb antiquities from a great European collection every piece illustrated in color.

On sale at: $75.




11589. CHOICE ROMAN BRONZE COMB, c. 1st-3rd century AD. 6.25 x 4 cm. A very rare Roman comb made in bronze. Finely made with closely spaced tines suitable for removing lice and lice eggs while combing the hair. With fine glossy patina ornamented with walking hatch marks on one side. Excellent condition with all but a couple of tines remaining. Provenance: The European antiquities market. Other side.

SOLD.




11588. LATIN BRONZE INSCRIPTION, Uncertain age. 7 x 3.5 cm. With inscription on both sides reading

VIII.VIIII.X.PI
VINDICIBVS -
MILITIA - PVI

IMP CAES.G
IVLIVS VERVS
MAXIMINVS

Provenance: The European antiquities market. Side B.

On sale at: $250.




11587. FINE QUALITY ORICHALCUM SPEAR HEAD, Uncertain age. 7.75 inches. Finely wrought spear head unusual in being made of orichalcum rather than bronze. Excellent condition with very sharp point. Provenance: The European antiquities market. Other side.

SOLD.




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.




11585. SIZABLE GANDHARA STANDING DIPANKARA BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 6 x 14 inches. No repair or restoration. Provenance: Private American collection acquired in the 1990's.

On sale at: $2500.




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.




RARE GREEK INSCRIPTION

11580. GREEK BRONZE VOTIVE PLAQUE WITH INSCRIPTION. C. 2nd to 4th centuries AD. Bronze Votive Dedication Plaque. Cast slightly curved bronze dedication plaque with simple stepped base, inscribed [...]ΛA.../ΛIKAwN KE MA/PTIAΛIC EYΞAM/ENOI ANEΘEK/EYTOIXwC ([(For)...] Likaon and Martialis, having made a vow, set up [this] with good fortune). Dimensions: 92mm wide overall; 53mm high at highest point; 4mm wide at side edge (7mm at base), diminishing to 2mm thick across plate. Overall weight is 96.80 g. Holes for mounting on a statue base or cippus located at base of plate on either side. Upper portion of plate, which name the dedicatee in full, separated in antiquity; plate also punctured in antiquity. Cf. (for a Classical Greek example); cf. (for a bronze tabula ansata in Latin). Good condition, green and red patina, upper portion broken and lost in antiquity, evidence of puncture in antiquity. Provenance: Acquired at an American East Coast auction house. Enlargement. Back view.

On Sale at: $3750.




11521. ROMAN BRONZE MILITARY DIPLOMA. c. 3rd century AD. 11 x 5.5 cm. Provenance: Found in the Balkans. Full size image.

This is what I can make out. Word separations are my guesses...

NA?INMA????
XERINT PROIN DE?????
O TOLLANT AC SI EX DVON???A
VIBVS ROMANIS NATOS AOID
IAN IMP CAES C IVLIO VERO MA
XIMINO PIO FELICE A AVG M PVPI
ENO AFRICANO COS COH V PR M
AXIMINIAN P V M AVRELIO M F
VLP VELICO SERDICA

NOTE: This document appears to be a very close copy of a complete Roman military diploma in a Bulgarian museum. Since normally only the copy given to the retiring soldier was made this raises a question as to the authenticity of this piece. On the other hand there is no reason that someone could not have made a copy in antiquity as a backup. Just as documents today are routinely backed up so it could well be a genuine ancient backup copy. Bolstering that possibility is the patina which appears to be an entirely convincing ancient patina with hard mineral deposits in and in some cases almost completely covering a number of the letters. The same convincing patina also covers the edges of the tear which runs through some of the letters indicating it was torn after the letters were inscribed. I have spent many years examining ancient bronze patinas and see no problems at all with this one.

One self proclaimed 'expert' provided several lexicographic reasons why the inscription itself could not be ancient but when checked most were either dubious or obviously incorrect. For example he claimed that a partial last line of a genuine inscription would be centered rather than left justified as in this document. However a quick look at online examples of diplomas from the British Museum shows both left and right justified last lines on Roman diplomas. He also claimed that the use of serifs indicated a fake but in fact serifs are well attested from the era.

Thus in my opinion this is most likely a genuine ancient Roman document, however that is not 100%. As such I must offer it at a greatly reduced price on an 'as is' basis with no guarantee of authenticity and on a no returns basis. Ultimately the buyer must make his own determination as to the authenticity of this piece.

On sale at: $3500.




11556. NAZCA KERO. 8 inches. With molded bas relief head of man holding tumi and uncertain object. Small rip chip reattached and slight abrasion to paint, otherwise intact. On custom stand. Provenance: A New Jersey collection bought at auction in Manhattan by the parents of the current owner in the 1980's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Back view.

On sale at: $1250.




11557. ANTHROPOMORPHIC STIRRUP SPOUT VESSEL. 10 x 7 x 4.5 inches. With molded bas relief head of man holding tummy and uncertain object. One ear reattached, otherwise intact. On custom stand. Provenance: A New Jersey collection bought at auction in Manhattan by the parents of the current owner in the 1980's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Other side.

On sale at: $1250.




11558. AN INUIT SOAPSTONE CARVING. 9 x 5 inches. Intact. A surprisingly heavy piece. Provenance: A New Jersey collection bought at auction in Manhattan by the parents of the current owner in the 1980's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Back view.

SOLD.




11559. METATE CARVED IN THE FORM OF A JAGUAR. 16 x 7.5 x 5 inches. Tail and one hind leg reattached. Provenance: A New Jersey collection bought at auction in Manhattan by the parents of the current owner in the 1980's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Back view.

On sale at: $3500.




11560. MOCHICA STIRRUP VESSEL, ONE OF A PAIR. 9 x 5 inches. Decorated with incised shark and seal gods on both sides. Small figure on side of neck. On custom stand. Provenance: A New Jersey collection bought at auction in Manhattan by the parents of the current owner in the 1980's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Back view.

On sale at: $750.




11561. MOCHICA STIRRUP VESSEL, ONE OF A PAIR. 9 x 5 inches. Decorated with incised shark and seal gods on both sides. Small figure on side of neck. Crack on one side crudely covered with brown glue that needs removal. On custom stand. Provenance: A New Jersey collection bought at auction in Manhattan by the parents of the current owner in the 1980's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Reverse.

SOLD.




11562. PRE-COLUMBIAN STANDING FIGURE. 7.5 x 4 inches. Orange, red and white glazed figure wearing short skirt and headdress. On custom stand. Provenance: A New Jersey collection bought at auction in Manhattan by the parents of the current owner in the 1980's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Back view.

On sale at: $450.




11563. PRE-COLUMBIAN VESSEL. 11 x 6.5 x 7 inches. Large bulbous vessel with molded protruding head. On custom stand. Provenance: A New Jersey collection bought at auction in Manhattan by the parents of the current owner in the 1980's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Front view. Back view.

On sale at: $650.




11564. VERA CRUZ HEAD. 7.5 x 7 inches. The head with ornate toothed headdress with animal head on top, several teeth missing. On custom stand. Provenance: A New Jersey collection bought at auction in Manhattan by the parents of the current owner in the 1980's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Side view. Back view.

On sale at: $750.




11565. LARGE PROUD NAYARIT SEATED FEMALE. 18 x 9 x 8.5 inches. Large seated bare breasted female with skirt and headdress in red. Most of read and white pigment remaining. Left section of headdress reattached with missing ear ornament. Stable crack to base. On custom stand. Provenance: A New Jersey collection bought at auction in Manhattan by the parents of the current owner in the 1980's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Side view. Back view.

On sale at: $3750.




11522. LARGE GREEK TERRACOTTA BUST. 3rd century BC. 30 cm high x 26 cm wide x 12 cm deep. In original condition with some encrustation and remains of white slip. Slight chip to nose and around base rim and some restoration. Full view. Provenance: A London collection. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11525. GREEK HELLENISTIC GOLD RING. 3rd-2nd century BC. Side view. Provenance: A London collection. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11524. ROMAN GOLD RING SET WITH A RUBY. 1st-2nd century AD. Side view. Provenance: A London collection. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11523. ROMAN EROTIC GOLD RING. 1st-2nd century AD. Set with an intaglio carved with a Priapus. Another view. Provenance: A London collection. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11527. ROMAN EROTIC GOLD RING. 1st-2nd century AD. Set with an intaglio carved with a Priapus. Provenance: A London collection. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11507. A FINE MACEDONIAN GREEK SILVER PHIALE OMPHALOS, 3rd century BC., Silver and in excellent condition. 15 cm. diameter. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. From an old Belgian collection since the 1960's with papers. Bottom view. Close up.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11508. A FINE ROMAN GLASS HEAD FLASK. c. 1st-2nd century AD. 12 cm. height. A choice example in excellent condition with beautiful blue swirls. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. From an old Scandinavian collection. Reverse. Side A. Side B.

On Sale at: Price on request.




AN EXCEPTIONAL PAIR

11509. EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE MATCHING PAIR OF MEROVINGIAN FIBULAS. c. 5th-7th century AD. 18 cm length! Of very fine ornate workmanship in gilt bronze set with multiple garnets. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. From an old Scandinavian collection. Close up of one. Close up of the other.

On Sale at: Price on request.




EXCEPTIONAL CONDITION

11510. A VERY RARE GREEK IRON SWORD. 6th century BC. 61 cm length. An exceptional intact example. Ancient iron is rarely preserved this well. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. From an old Belgian collection dating to the 1960's. Full length side A. Full length sideB. Hilt.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11515. A VERY RARE GREEK IRON SWORD. Northern Greece. Late 8th century BC. 60 cm length. An exceptional intact example after a Bronze Age type. Ancient iron is rarely preserved this well. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. From an old Belgian collection dating to the 1960's. Full length side A. Full length side B.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11511. LARGE MUGHAL FAI JALI (CARVED STONE DOOR). Mughal India, 15th-16th century. ~6 ft. height. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

SOLD.




EXCEPTIONAL LARGE EXAMPLE

11514. HUGE MEHRGARH POLYCHROME FIGURAL VESSEL, Indus Valley, c. 2500 BC. ~2.5-3 ft! An exceptionally large example with complex painted designs. Cracks and some repair. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: Price on request.




SIZABLE

11504. 11 FIGURE GANDHARAN SHIST FRIEZE. 16.5" wide x 12" high x 3" deep, 38 lbs. Large composition with Buddha standing at the center surrounded by devotees and attendants. Four of the top heads reattached. On museum quality custom stand. Rare to find such a sizable frieze with so many figures on the market. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. From a Manhattan collection.

On Sale at: $2500.




CONFIRMED GENUINE BY CHRISTIE'S AND TIMELINE

11471. A GREEK SILVER PHIALE. c. 5th-4th century BC. 4.5 inches diameter. The silver offering bowl with central omphalos surrounded by raised beads, hatches and multiple petals in repousse technique. Provenance: In an important collection of antiquities in the Netherlands since the 1970's. Inside view. Bottom view.

SOLD.




A MATCHING PAIR

11448. PAIR OF FINE OSTROGOTH SILVER FIBULAS, c. 6th century AD. A matching pair of fine silver fibulae, the terminals in the form of animal heads. Iron pins rusted away as usual but in choice condition. Considerable traces of gilding remaining. Length 9.5 cm. Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from an established London antiquities dealer. Ex collection of P.J. Liege, Belgium since the seventies. Side views. Backs.

On Sale at: $2450.




11464. YAKSHI. India, 10th-12th century AD. 19 h x 7 w inches. Small section of lintel above head reattached. On custom stand. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector. Right side.

On Sale at: Price on request.




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.




6229. SOTHEBY'S, THE NELSON BUNKER HUNT COLLECTION, HIGHLY IMPORTANT GREEK AND ROMAN COINS, December 4. 1990. Hard bound. As new. The billionaire oil tycoon's collection of some of the finest Greek and Roman coins known. Every coin illustrated enlarged and in color. Real eye candy for anyone who loves ancient Greek and Roman coins! With the finest coins of the several hard bound catalogues of the Nelson Bunker Hunt collection.

On sale at: $250.




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.




10819. MARINIANA, died before AD 253. AE Sestertius (26mm, 15.03 g, 7h). Rome mint. 2nd-3rd emission, AD 254-256. Veiled, diademed, and draped bust right / Peacock standing facing, head left, in full display. RIC V 9 corr. var. (bust on crescent; peacock head right); MIR 36, 212d. Near VF, green patina with earthen highlights. Scarce late Roman sestertius.

On Sale at: $650.




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.




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.

On Sale at: $750.




6562. Anonymous - Elephant head series, Rome mint, 128 BC. Hd. Saturn r./Prow of galley r., elephant hd. abv. VF. Scarce. Good example for these and considerably better than photo.

On Sale at: $250.




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.




EARLY BUST OF CHRIST IN GOLD

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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