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COINS ANTIQUITIES



FINE ANTIQUITIES AND WORLD ART OBJECTS


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, POSSIBLY 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. 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.

On Sale at: $9500.




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.

On sale at: $650.




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.




FROM AN OLD COLLECTION OF 8 VIKING SWORDS AND OTHERS

11647. VIKING STEEL SWORD OF THE 'ULFBERHT' TYPE. c. 11th century AD. Overall length 89.8cms, blade 75.1cms, grip 8cms, width of blade at hilt 5.5cms. Inscribed with the maker's name (cross)MEPERIT(cross). Exceptionally rare. Only a few examples are known, this one of the best with copper inlay on the pommel and guard. In the collection of an English gentleman since the 1960's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Other side of hilt. Inscription. Full view with inscription. A similar sword but broken and without the inlaid handle hammered down at $18,413 in Christie's London Arms and Armour sale 21 May 2008. The Christie's example.

Viking steel swords of the ULFBERHT type were 1000 years ahead of their time in steel forging technology. These rare masterworks bear inscriptions giving the maker's name. Only recently have these swords been reverse engineered to uncover the secrets of how they were made. There was a recent NOVA special titled Secrets of the Viking Sword on this.

On sale at: Price on request.




FROM AN OLD COLLECTION OF 8 VIKING SWORDS AND OTHERS

11646. ANGLO SAXON IRON HELMET. c. 6th-8th century AD. With bronze nose guard. Exceptionally rare. Only a few examples are known. On custom stand. In the collection of an English gentleman since the 1960's. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Nose guard. Side view.

On sale at: Price on request.




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.

On sale at: $35,000.




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




11634. FINE LARGE GANDHARAN SEATED BUDDHA. 1st-2nd century AD. 31 inches height. Beautiful sensitive figure of the Buddha seated in full lotus position in the teaching posture. On custom stand. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On sale at: ON HOLD.




11635. FINE LARGE GANDHARAN STANDING BUDDHA. 1st-2nd century AD. 55 inches height. Beautiful sensitive figure of the Buddha standing. On custom stand. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Full view. Right side. Left side.

On sale at: $49,500




PRICE REDUCED! OCTAVIAN CAESAR AUGUSTUS

11422. ORIGINAL MARBLE BUST OF OCTAVIAN CAESAR AUGUSTUS BY PIETRO TENERANI, Signed and dated "TENERANI FEC ROM 1863". A beautifully rendered original Neoclassical marble bust of the first Roman emperor Augustus as a young man, perhaps while still known as Octavian before he took the title of Augustus. An original signed and dated work by the famous Neoclassical sculptor Pietro Tenerani. Size bust alone 17.5 inches (44.5cm) high x 11.5 inches (29cm) wide x 9.5 inch (24cm) deep. 21.75 inch (55.5cm) high on socle. Life sized. Provenance: In the collection of a London family for the past 100 years. Front view. Signature. Shown to Christies London which confirmed its authenticity. A serious original artwork by a famous artist.

Pietro Tenerani (1789-1869), Italian Neoclassical sculptor, has works displayed in major museums such as his beautiful Psyche in a Faint in the Hermitage. He studied in the studios of both Antonio Canova and Bertel Thorvaldsen and carried a neoclassical style into the mid-nineteenth century. His most prominent commission was for the tomb of Pope Pius VIII in Rome. Wikipedia article.

On Sale at: $8500




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.




PRICE REDUCED!

11506. MAGNIFICENT LARGE GANDHARAN SEATED BUDDHA. 1st-2nd century AD. 36 inches height. Of the finest style. Beautiful sensitive figure of the Buddha seated in full lotus position. On custom stand. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

SOLD.




PRICE REDUCED!

11505. LARGE GANDHARAN SEATED BODHISATTVA. 1st-2nd century AD. 40 inches height. On custom stand. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

SOLD.




PRICE REDUCED!

11512. LARGE GANDHARAN STANDING BUDDHA. 1st-2nd century AD. 32 inches height. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

SOLD.




PRICE REDUCED!

11513. LARGE GANDHARAN BODHISATTVA. 1st-2nd century AD. 32 inches height. Provenance: Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Enlargement. Right Side. Left side. Back.

On Sale at: $27,500.




11650. LARGE DEALER GROUP OF ANCIENT HOLY LAND POTTERY, c. 3rd millennium BC - 1st millennium AD. ~55 Pieces. Sold only as a lot. Provenance: Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: $2500 or best offer.




11651. LARGE DEALER GROUP OF ANCIENT HOLY LAND POTTERY, c. 3rd millennium BC - 1st millennium AD. ~31 pieces. Sold only as a lot. Provenance: Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: $2500 or best offer.




11652. LARGE DEALER GROUP OF ANCIENT HOLY LAND POTTERY, c. 3rd millennium BC - 1st millennium AD. ~34 pieces including some larger types. Sold only as a lot. Provenance: Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: $3000 or best offer.




11626. GROUP OF LARGE EGYPTIAN SCARABS, c. 1st millennium BC. 10 different especially large Egyptian steatite scarabs. Most intact. Good selection. 10 in total. Sold only as a lot but sold individually you can easily double your money. Provenance: Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Top view.

On Sale at: $2500.




11627. LARGE GROUP OF 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 by rows of 10 only.But sold individually you can easily double your money. X indicates that row is sold. Provenance: Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Top view.

On Sale at: $2000 per row.




11628. LARGE GROUP OF EGYPTIAN SCARABS, c. 1st millennium BC. Huge group of many different types of medium Egyptian steatite scarabs. Most intact. A wonderful diverse selection. 90 in total. Sold by rows of 10 only. But sold individually you can easily double your money. X indicates that row is sold. Provenance: Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Top view.

On Sale at: $1500 per row.




11629. LARGE GROUP OF EGYPTIAN AMULETS, c. 1st millennium BC. Huge group of many different types of small Egyptian amulets, scarabs, beads and pendants. Most intact. A wonderful diverse selection. 150+ count. Largest cream disk at lower right is 33mm in diameter. Sold individually you can easily double your money. Provenance: Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: $6000.




11653. 6 FAKE NABATEAN ALABASTER HEADS. Largest is 9 inches. Heavy! No returns. Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs.

On Sale at: $450.




11654. 4 FAKE JUDAEAN OFFERING VESSELS WITH INSCRIPTIONS. Largest is 8.5 inches diameter. Two with inscriptions. Heavy! No returns. Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Other inscription.

On Sale at: $450.




11655. MASSIVE FAKE ROMAN EGYPTIAN LIMESTONE HEAD OF SERAPIS. ~24 inches in height. Very heavy! In two sections. No returns. Imported legally into the US. Inspected and cleared by US Customs. Side view. Back view.

On Sale at: Not currently for sale.




RARE CURSIVE PALMYRENE INSCRIPTIONS TRANSLATED BY ANDRE LEMAIRE

11465. PALMYRENE MARBLE COMMEMORATIVE STELE WITH TWO HIGH RELIEF MALE HEADS WITH INSCRIPTIONS. 2nd-3rd century AD. 11 h x 18 w X 5.5 d inches. Likely a memorial for two brothers. The heads reattached. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector.

This stele has now been translated and published by Andre Lemaire, world famous epigrapher and expert in ancient languages. Dr. Lemaire is the expert who originally translated the "James, brother of Jesus" ostracon. Here is Dr. Lemaire's commentary:

INSCRIBED PALMYRENE HIGH RELIEF WITH TWO BUSTS

This limestone (marble?) high relief measuring 11 h x 18 w x 5.5 d inches presents two busts of men in high relief. The heads are reattached. A vertical inscription on the right of each head identifies the personnages. Although the relief is slightly broken on the right side, the right hand inscription seems to be complete: it reads: SLM YD'"Image/Statue of Yad/ra'" Palaeographically the before last letter could be read R as well as D but the name YD' is already well attested, at least 6 times, in Palmyrene inscriptions. It is probably a hypocoristicon of YD' (meaning that the deity "has known") with the ending -' . The left hand inscription contains two lines: 1. SLM KLBY 2. BR HYRN 1. "Image/statue of Kalby 2. son of Hairan" In the first line, the first letter of the name could be confused with a P. KLBY, hypocoristicon of "dog" with the ending -Y is already attested at least twice in Palmyrene inscriptions while HYRN, "good, excellent" with the ending -an, is very frequent. The shape of the letters is not the classical shape of the monumental inscriptions from Palmyra but the so-called "cursive Palmyrene script" . The plalaeographical dating of this "cursive palmyrene script" can only be very approximate. : 2nd-3rd century AD. This kind of high relief was probably funerary.

J. K. Stark, Personal Names in Palmyrene Inscriptions, Oxford, 1971, p. 24 ; PAT no. 0286 (= C 3940), 0296 (= C 3950), 0300 (= C 3854), 0371 (= C 4025), 0560 (= C 4204), 1442 (= Inv 11 13).
J. K. Stark, Personal Names _, p. 90.
J. K. Stark, Personal Names in Palmyrene Inscriptions, Oxford, 1971, p. 29, 92 ; PAT no. 0888 (= C 4527), 0916 (= C 4552).
J. Stark, Personal Names _, pp. 21-22, 88 ; PAT, p. : no. 0002, 0023, 0299, 2801_
J. Cantineau, Grammaire du palmyrenien epigraphique, Le Caire, 1935, pp. 31-36.
Right side. Left side.

On Sale at: $9500.




11149. A FINE ROMAN MOSAIC, c. 2nd century AD. The mosaic depicting a male torso personifying Autumn harvesting grain surrounded by a complete 3-dimensional geometric scallop pattern. Tesserae of cream marble and colored calcites. 143 x 144 cm. From the eastern Mediterranean region. Complete and all original. Provenance: Good and legal provenance with import documents provided to buyer. Old American collection, New York, acquired 1988. French private collection,

SOLD.




CONTEMPORARY IMAGE AND NAME OF BETHLEHEM

11619. A FINE ROMAN MOSAIC, c. 4th century AD. 155 x 154 cm. ~160 kg. The mosaic depicting the town of Bethlehem, with the name of Bethlehem denoting the city. From the eastern Mediterranean region. Some restoration with one letter of the name unrestored. An exceptionally rare ancient depiction of the birthplace of Jesus. Provenance: Good and legal provenance with import documents provided to buyer. Old American collection, New York, acquired 1988. European private collection,

On sale at: Image and Price on request.




A LARGE WORLD CLASS MOSAIC OF THE FINEST STYLE

11620. A FINE ROMAN MOSAIC, c. 2nd century AD. The mosaic depicting Apollo and Amphitrite surrounded by mythical sea creatures and various species of fish with Erotes attending, the whole with a border of flowers and actor's masks. 3.35 x 3 meter. A world class museum quality mosaic worthy of the finest collection. From the eastern Mediterranean region. Complete with a few missing tesserae as yet unrestored. Provenance: Good and legal provenance with import documents provided to buyer. Old American collection, New York, acquired 1988. French private collection,

On sale at: Image and Price on request.




LYCURGUS AND AMBROSIA

11621. A FINE ROMAN MOSAIC, c. 2nd century AD. The mosaic depicting the myth of Lycurgus and Ambrosia within a running wave border. Lycurgus depicted in the act of killing Ambrosia with an axe as she is being transformed into a grape vine. 165 x 198 cm. From the eastern Mediterranean region. Complete and all original. Provenance: Good and legal provenance with import documents provided to buyer. Old American collection, New York, acquired 1988. French private collection,

Lycurgus of Thrace, an antagonist of Dionysus, forbade the cult of Dionysus, whom he drove from Thrace, and in revenge was driven mad by the god. In his fit of insanity he killed his son, whom he mistook for a stock of mature ivy, and the nymph Ambrosia, who was transformed into the grapevine. There is a similar mosaic from Herculanium depicting the same myth now in the Staatliche Museum in Munich. Staatliche Lycurgus and Ambrosia.

On sale at: $150,000




11622. A FINE ROMAN MOSAIC, c. 2nd century AD. The mosaic depicting nude male and female figures, likely Apollo and Aphrodite, or perhaps one of Apollo's human love interests. 100 x 108 cm. From the eastern Mediterranean region. Small areas of missing tesserae on Apollo's left thigh and the female figure's right foot. Note that the color gradient on the large image is due to uneven lighting and is not on the actual mosaic. Provenance: Good and legal provenance with import documents provided to buyer. Old American collection, New York, acquired 1988. French private collection,

SOLD.




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.




11598. EGYPTIAN FAUX? CAT MUMMY, 1st millennium BC. 16.5 h x 4 w x 7 d inches. Wooden statue wrapped in linen in the manner of a mummified cat but appears to be all wood under the linen though possible a box with a cat mummy inside. Provenance: The European antiquities market. Recently imported into the US where it was inspected and cleared by US customs thus legally in the country. Front view. Right side. Left side. Back.

On sale at: $10,000




11597. EGYPTIAN MUMMY MASK, 1st millennium BC. 13 h x 15 w x 10 d inches. Very finely styled exempt with detailed designs in gold leaf and gesso on embossed linen. Of very unusual 3-dimensional form with head protruding naturally forward from the neck. Provenance: The European antiquities market. Recently imported into the US where it was inspected and cleared by US customs thus legally in the country. Left side. Right side. Top. Back.

On sale at: Price on request.




11591. EGYPTIAN MUMMY MASK, 1st millennium BC. 13.5 x 9 inches. Simple and elegant design with the hair in Egyptian turquoise, the face in gold leaf. Minor damage to nose, otherwise nice condition. Provenance: The European antiquities market. Recently imported into the US where it was inspected and cleared by US customs thus legally in the country. Interior view. Left side. Right side.

On sale at: $7500.




11596. EGYPTIAN MUMMY MASK, 1st millennium BC. 10 x 8 x 4.5 inches. Gesso on linen. Minor damage to nose, otherwise nice condition. Provenance: The European antiquities market. Recently imported into the US where it was inspected and cleared by US customs thus legally in the country. Top. Interior view.

On sale at: $7500.




11600. EGYPTIAN MUMMY MASK, 1st millennium BC. 9 h x 11 s x 6.5 d inches. Gesso on linen. Simple and elegant design with the hair in Egyptian turquoise, the face in gold leaf. Provenance: The European antiquities market. Recently imported into the US where it was inspected and cleared by US customs thus legally in the country. Interior. Left side. Right side.

SOLD.




11601. EGYPTIAN MUMMY MASK CROWN, 1st millennium BC. 9 h x 5.5 w inches. Gesso on linen. . Provenance: The European antiquities market. Recently imported into the US where it was inspected and cleared by US customs thus legally in the country. Interior.

On sale at: $3500.




11593. EGYPTIAN MUMMY SARCOPHAGUS FEET, 1st millennium BC. 10 length x 7.5 width x 8.5 height inches. Ornamented with designs in gold leaf and gesso. Provenance: The European antiquities market. Recently imported into the US where it was inspected and cleared by US customs thus legally in the country. Right side. Left side. Bottom.

On sale at: $7500.




11594. EGYPTIAN MUMMY SARCOPHAGUS FEET, 1st millennium BC. 9.5 length x 7 width x 8 height inches. Ornamented with designs in gesso. Provenance: The European antiquities market. Recently imported into the US where it was inspected and cleared by US customs thus legally in the country. Left side. Back. Right side. Bottom.

On sale at: $7500.




11595. EGYPTIAN MUMMY SARCOPHAGUS FEET, 1st millennium BC. 9 length x 6.5 width x 3 height inches. Ornamented with designs in gesso. Provenance: The European antiquities market. Recently imported into the US where it was inspected and cleared by US customs thus legally in the country. Left side. Bottom.

On sale at: $4500.




11592. EGYPTIAN CARTONNAGE PANEL, 1st millennium BC. 7.5 x 5.5 inches. Reinforced with a think layer of plaster on the reverse. Nice condition. Provenance: The European antiquities market. Recently imported into the US where it was inspected and cleared by US customs thus legally in the country. Reverse.

On sale at: $2500.




EXCEPTIONAL 17 KILOGRAM EXAMPLE!

11618. MASSIVE HUGE CHONDRITE METEORITE, Most probably from the NWA (North West Africa) 869 fall. 17 kilo, 37 lbs. 10 x 8 x 8.5 inches. ~95% good fusion crust with some desert patina deposits. With a number of old (they have desert sand grains wedged in them) cracks which appear to be stable. With good regmaglypts covering 4 of the 5 sides. Exceptionally rare. Meteorites this large are almost unheard of on the market. An extremely valuable example in spite of the old cracks. Provenance: Found in the Sahara desert. Side B.

On sale at: Price on request.




11616. LARGE CHONDRITE METEORITE, Most probably from the NWA (North West Africa) 869 fall. 2 lbs. 14.9 oz. 6 x 4 x 3 inches. ~75% fusion crust. In excellent condition with no cracks. With a number of shallow regmaglypts. Provenance: Found in the Sahara desert. Side B. Side C.

On sale at: $1750




11617. LARGE CHONDRITE METEORITE, Most probably from the NWA (North West Africa) 869 fall. 3 lbs. 5.8 oz. 5 x 3.75 x 2.5 inches. ~95% fusion crust. In excellent condition with no cracks. With a number of shallow regmaglypts. Provenance: Found in the Sahara desert. Side B.

On sale at: $1750




CHOICE EXAMPLE IN HIGH QUALITY JADE

11541. MAYAN CARVED JADE PENDANT. 3.5 cm. High quality genuine jade. Provenance: An Italian collection collected mostly 30-40 years ago by the family in Buenos Aires. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On Sale at: $9500.




HUGE MUSEUM QUALITY PIECE

11540. LARGE MAYAN QUICHE URN WITH SPOTTED JAGUARS. 64 x 60 cm. Some repair of shards but general excellent condition. A huge museum quality piece worthy of the finest collection. 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: $12,500.




HUGE MUSEUM QUALITY PIECE

11539. LARGE MAYAN QUICHE URN WITH SIDE FLANGES. 64 x 53 cm. Left side flange reattached with breaks otherwise excellent condition. A huge museum quality piece worthy of the finest collection. 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: $22,500.




11538. MAYAN BOWL WITH DIGNITARIES. 13 x 19 cm. 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: $7500.




11537. MAYAN JAGUAR VESSEL. 16 x 16 cm. Decorated with glyphs and three jaguars. Excellent condition save for small missing rim shard. 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.

Not currently for sale.




11536. MAYAN SEATED PRIEST. 23 x 16 cm. Excellent condition save for repair to right flange. 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: $2250.




11535. MAYAN FLOWER CYLINDER. 17 x 8 cm. 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. Other side.

SOLD.




11534. MAYAN TALL STRIPED CYLINDER. 22 x 9 cm. 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. Other side.

On Sale at: $6000.




11533. VERACRUZ STONE YOKE. 41 x 38 x 10 cm. Choice 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: $7500




EX SOTHEBY'S

11532. MAYAN STUCCO HEAD. Late Classic period, 550-950 AD. 23 x 21 cm. With traces of original pigment including the famous Mayan blue. Provenance: An Italian collection. Purchased at Sotheby's New York, Nov. 24, 1997. Donated to Denver Museum of Art in 1970. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Right side. Sotheby's listing.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11531. MAYAN DEER VESSEL. 34 x 25 cm. Excellent condition. Provenance: An Italian collection collected by the family of the current owner in the early 1970's in Buenos Aires. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On sale at: $9500.




11530. MAYAN SHELL CARVING. 26 cm. Carved with numerous glyphs and figures. Excellent condition. Provenance: An Italian collection. Purchased at Sotheby's New York, Nov. 24, 1997. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer. Sotheby's listing.

On Sale at: $4500.




11529. MAYAN STONE HACHA. 19 x 16 cm. Carved in the form of a jaguar head. Excellent condition. Provenance: An Italian collection collected by the family of the current owner in the 1930's in Buenos Aires. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

On sale at: $7500.




11528. MAYAN CODEX PLATE. 29 x 29 cm. Excellent intact condition save for a small 'kill hole'. Provenance: An Italian collection collected by the family of the current owner in the 1930's in Buenos Aires. Good and legal provenance provided to buyer.

SOLD.




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.




11553. MAYAN INCISED CHIEF'S HEAD TRIPOD CYLINDER. 15 x 15 cm. Repaired from large shards. 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.

SOLD.




11547. MAYAN INCISED BOWL. 20 x 20 cm. Excellent intact 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: $950.




11546. MAYAN INCISED PEDESTAL BOWL WITH INCISED JAGUARS. 16 x 16 cm. Repair with section of pedestal missing. 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.

SOLD.




11545. MAYAN INCISED BROWNWARE CYLINDER. 12 cm. Abrasion to rim and crack to bottom. 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: $250.




11549. RARE MAYAN CYLINDER WITH INCISED NUMERALS. 15 x 9 cm. Small rim crack. A rare type with numeral glyphs. 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: $750.




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.




11552. LARGE MAYAN PLATTER WITH FROG MOTIF. 40 x 37 cm. Stabilized crack. 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: $950.




11548. MAYAN POLYCHROME BOWL. 11 x 17 cm. 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.

Not currently for sale.




11555. MAYAN ORANGEWARE BOWL. 18 x 18 cm. With painted glyphs around rim. Hairline cracks and numerous root impressions attesting authenticity. 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: $350.




11554. MAYAN BOWL WITH INCISED GLYPHS. 20 x 20 cm. With large incised glyphs around rim. Repair. 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: $750.




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.




MUSEUM QUALITY

11456. STUCCO HEAD OF THE BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 14 h x 8.5 w x 8.5 d inches. On custom stand. A museum quality piece worthy of the finest collection. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector. Right side. Left side.

SOLD.




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.

On sale at: $450.




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.

On Sale at: Price on request.




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.




11502. EXCEPTIONAL FOSSIL FISH PLATE, Green River Formation Wyoming, Eocene period, c. 48 million years. 9 x 18.5 inches. Contains the excellently preserved fossils of a school of 18 fish of Diplomystus species each approximately 3.5 inches in length. Intact with excellent natural color. The very fine grained silt of the Green River sediments is renowned for its excellent preservation of fine fossil detail including soft tissue as in this example. No repair or inpainting. An exceptional large example densely populated with completely preserved fish. Provenance: A Canadian collection.

SOLD.




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.




EXTREMELY RARE AND WITH EXPORT PERMIT

11452. ETRUSCAN FRESCO. c. 5th century BC. 48 x 24 cm. 5.8 kilo. Broken in two sections. Minor paint loss consistent with age. No apparent repainting or restoration. Very rare! Provenance: In the collection of the grandfather of the current owner for many years. Italian Ministry of Culture Export Permit.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11453. VILLANOVAN BULL HEAD OLPE. 8th-7th century Chip to rim and tip of one bull horn missing. Rare type. Provenance: Collection of the grandfather of the current owner. Comes with Italian Ministry of Culture Export Permit. Another 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.




PRICE REDUCED! IN RARE FINE GRAINED BLACK SHIST

11455. STANDING BUDDHIST PRINCE. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 18.5 inches. Carved in much rarer black rather than grey shist. Right forearm missing. On custom stand. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector. Right side. Right side2. Left side.

On Sale at: $7,500.




MUSEUM QUALITY OF EXQUISITE ETHEREAL STYLE

11457. STUCCO HEAD OF A BODHISATTVA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 18 h x 10 w x 10 d inches. Traces of original white glaze and red pigment. On custom stand. A museum quality piece worthy of the finest collection. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector. Right side. Left side.

On Sale at: Price on request.




11458. BUDDHA WITH A DEVOTEE AND AN ATTENDANT. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 10.5 h x 10 w x 2.5 d inches. Carved in grey shist. On custom stand. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector.

On Sale at: $3500.




FAMOUS SCENE FROM THE LIFE OF BUDDHA

11459. THE DEPARTURE OF BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 7.5 h x 17.5 w inches. Illustrating a famous scene from the life of the Buddha. In the right panel he reclines in luxury attended by his servants, in the left panel he is seen mounted on a horse leaving his palace behind to seek salvation. Carved in grey shist. On custom stand. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector.

SOLD.




A CHOICE PIECE BASED ON A FAMOUS PROTOTYPE NOW IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM!

11461. PANCIKA AND HARITI. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 9.5 h x 8 w inches. Carved in grey shist. On custom stand. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector. Wikipedia reference with a nearly identical piece from the British Museum.

On Sale at: $4750.




11462. THE ARM OF BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 8 inches. Carved in grey shist. On custom stand. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector. Another view.

SOLD.




RARE AND SIZABLE

11463. RARE BUDDHIST DHARMA DRUMMER SPIRIT. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. 13 h x 6.25 w x 5 d inches. Depicted as a goat-eared torso emerging from a winged architectural ornament beating a drum on his shoulder. Carved in grey shist. Considerably better than photo. On custom stand. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector. Another view.

The Dharma Drummer beats his drum to call Buddhists to prayer and meditation. There is also a modern Zen Buddhist Dharma Drum sect.

On Sale at: $1650.




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.




11466. BRAHMA. India, 10th-12th century AD. 21.5 h x 10.5 w inches. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector. Right side. Left side.

On Sale at: $12,500.




11467. INDIAN TRADE VESSEL AFTER AN ITALIAN MAJOLICA PROTOTYPE. Goa?, India, 18th-19th century AD. 13 h x 9.5 w inches. In the style of Italian faience vessels but showing its Indian manufacture by the handles in the form of cobras. P.M.V. maker's mark in small letters on one shoulder. A very unusual and rare piece. One rim petal reattached, small scuff on one cobra's nose, otherwise intact. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector. Reverse. Cobra.

On Sale at: $950.




11468. MONUMENTAL GREEK MARBLE TORSO. Greek, 3rd-1st century BC. 20 h x 25 w x 10 d inches. Finely carved robed torso of a man, likely a statesman or philosopher. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector.

On Sale at: Price on request.




IN RARE GREEN SHIST

11469. LIFE SIZE HEAD OF THE BUDDHA. Gandhara, 1st-2nd century AD. ~12 inches. Carved in much rarer green shist. On custom stand. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector.

SOLD.




PRICE REDUCED! SAME STYLE AS TAJ MAHAL.

11470. EXQUISITELY CARVED MUGHAL FAI JALI (BALUSTRADE) SECTION. Mughal India, 16th-17th century. 14 h x 36 w inches. 55 lbs. Carved in fine marble openwork with calligraphic style flowers and leaves. Post knob reattached otherwise intact. Very fine highly polished white marble. The rough material on the left side and traces on the piece itself is plaster or cement which might be best removed. Reminiscent of the same style and workmanship used in the Taj Mahal. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector.

On Sale at: $6000.




LARGE AND HEAVY

11472. FINE MUGHAL ARCHITECTURAL LINTEL. Mughal India, 15th-16th century. 29 h x 45 w 4 d inches. The finely carved limestone lintel ornamented with peacocks, parrots, acanthus and floral motifs. Clean break to upper right corner. Considerable original color remaining. Provenance: Property of a New Jersey collector.

On Sale at: $7,500.




11431. KHMER STONE HEAD OF A BUDDHA, 12th-13th century AD. Intact stone head with high lotus headdress with seated Buddha in meditation. In excellent condition mounted on a custom wooden base. Height of head 8 inches, 11 inches including base. A nice example. Provenance is from grandparents of current owner acquired mid-20th century. Right side. Left side. Back.

SOLD.




OF THE FINEST STYLE

11424. MAGNIFICENT GANDHARAN STANDING BUDDHA, 1st-2nd century AD. Hands missing and repair at neck. 39" tall. Of the finest style. Gandharan art is a mixture of Greek and Buddhist styles resulting from Greek settlers left behind after the invasion of Alexander the Great. Provenance: Dating back to 1937 through several American collections. Right side. Left side. Slight left view. Full length front.

SOLD.




VERY RARE

11430. ROMAN MILITARY DIPLOMA. 2nd-3rd century AD. 6 x 7 cm. Inscribed with text testifying to the bearer's legionary service and his honorable discharge. Roman military diplomas were awarded to legionary soldiers upon their completion of service when they were often given land in a Roman Colonia. These diplomas seem to have been broken into pieces with a piece given to each of the soldier's sons to prove their claim to the land and titles thereof. A larger than usual fragment with clear inscription. These Roman military diplomas are very rare (though there are are an increasing number of fakes on the market) and eagerly sought by collectors and often command astronomical prices. This one was found in the Balkans area. Reverse inscription. Front patina. Reverse patina.

The inscription as best as I can make it out (with assistance from Dr. Antonio Piccolo, Napoli, Italia) is

FRONT:
---- O OS
---- ST
---- LINVS
---- BRE C
EIVS BR?VC
---- EIVS
---- EIVS
---- LLIE? EIVS
EX TABVLA AENEA (as written on this bronze tablet)

BACK:
HOMERI ("seal of Homerus", one of the witnesses recorded on the reverse of the diploma.)

Any corrections or additional translation would be appreciated.

On Sale at: $4750.




LIFE SIZE

11425. HEAD OF A BUDDHIST PRINCE. India c. 10-11th century AD. Large carved limestone head of a Buddhist prince with Buddhist topknot and wide mustache. 17 x 9 x 8 inches. 50 lbs. On sturdy custom black steel stand. Right side. Left side.

On Sale at: $12,500.




11426. INDIAN STONE FRIEZE. India c. 10-11th century AD. Substantial stone frieze of a heavily breasted four armed goddess holding her attributes and surrounded by attendants. 7 x 14 x 20 inches. 103 lbs. Two heavy steel posts in base ready for mounting. Considerably more three dimensional and with better detail than photo shows. Right side.

On Sale at: $12,500.




AUTHENTICATED BY BOTH SOTHEBY'S AND CHRISTIE'S

11423. BACTRIAN MARBLE COLUMN IDOL, Late 3rd-early 2nd millennium BC. Carved marble with shallow groves in top and bottom. 29 cm high x 13.5 cm wide at base x 11cm wide at top. Other side. Shown to both Sotheby's and Christie's which both confirmed its authenticity.

SOLD.




AUTHENTICATED BY THE BRITISH MUSEUM

11392. FINE SUKHOTHAI HEAD OF A BUDDHA, Sukhothai, Thailand, 15th-16th century. The piece has the typical large hair curls and flame finial typical of the period, as are the high arched eyebrows, downcast eyes, thin nose, edged lips, and long, slightly flaring earlobes. Sukhothai images have an elegant, ethereal appearance that shows the calmness of the Buddha. Sukhothai images are highly original in form, with few identified antecedents, but although fairly short-lived, the style had a major impact on subsequent Thai art. Accompanied by copy of an email from the Curator for Southeast Asian Art at the British Museum authenticating the piece and its dating. Copy will be provided to the buyer. For additional information refer to Hiram Woodward's 'The Sacred Sculpture of Thailand', which has substantial sections on Sukhothai and the following Ayutthaya period with images. Left side. Back. Right side.

SOLD.




FROM THE ERIC HOFFMAN COLLECTION

11415. SONG / YUAN JUNYAO BOWL, c. 960 - 1368 AD. A finely glazed medium-sized, purple-splashed junyao bowl, from the Song to Yuan Dynasty era. Diameter is about 6 inches, height is 3 inches. Very good to excellent condition. Well potted with perfectly rounded sides and slightly inverted rim. Covered with a clear-crackled, grayish blue glaze that fades to a mushroom color around the rim, with purple splashes on the interior. Well-formed, unglazed foot. Provenance: The collection of the well-known Chinese jade connoisseur Eric Hoffman, who purchased this from a Chinese family in California more than 20 years ago. Glaze detail. Bottom. Inverted view. Interior.

SOLD.




GIFT FOUNDER OF LIMA GOLD MUSEUM

11407. CHARMING CHIMU FROG POT. Peru, c. 1200 AD. 3.5 x 4 x 6.5 inches. Small plugged probe hole on left side with radiating stable hairline to rear. Provenance: Gift of Manuel Mujica Gallo, founder of the Peruvian Gold Museum, to his friends the parents of present owner in the 1950's. Side B.

On Sale at: $650




11408. SMALL CHANCAY POT. Peru, 800-1200 AD. 4.25 x 4.25 inches. Intact with a couple of flakes to rim and minor paint loss. An unusual type with numerous bottom knobs. Provenance: In the family collection since the 1950's. Side B. Bottom.

On Sale at: $250




11409. LARGER CHANCAY POT. Peru, 800-1200 AD. 8 inches height. Intact with a couple of flakes to rim and minor paint loss. Provenance: In the family collection since the 1950's. Side B.

SOLD.




11410. CHIMU NECKLACE. Peru, c. 1200 AD. 17 inches. Restrung on nylon thread. Provenance: In the family collection since the 1950's.

On Sale at: $150




11411. CHIMU NECKLACE. Peru, c. 1200 AD. 16.5 inches. Restrung on nylon thread. Provenance: In the family collection since the 1950's.

On Sale at: $150




11412. CHIMU NECKLACE. Peru, c. 1200 AD. 17 inches. Restrung on nylon thread. Provenance: In the family collection since the 1950's.

On Sale at: $150




11413. CHIMU NECKLACE. Peru, c. 1200 AD. 16.5 inches. Red coral beads with mother of pearl roundel. Restrung on nylon thread. Provenance: In the family collection since the 1950's.

On Sale at: $250




6446. ROMAN GOLD RING WITH CABOCHON GARNET SETTING, ca. 1st-3rd century AD. The band of hollow sheet gold over frit, a cabachon garnet set in the bezel. 23 mm, 16 x 18 mm internal. Minute crack inside bottom of band and small press mark one side but wearable with care. US size 6.6.

On Sale at: $1250.




7255. A RARE HELLENISTIC / EARLY ROMAN BALLISTA BOLT, 3rd-1st century BC. The bronze ballista bolt of large arrowhead form with tenon on trailing end. The Roman ballista was a large stationary crossbow that was mechanically wound up and shot bolts with tremendous force. It was the Roman equivalent of a small artillery piece. Very rare and in excellent condition. 1.75 inches. Dr Mike Bishop, co-author of 'Roman Military Equipment', suggests that this may be a rarer Hellenistic ballista bolt.

On Sale at: $450.




11132. LEGION I MINERVA ROMAN LEGIONARY TILE, c. 1st century BC - 2nd century AD. L I MI stamp of Legion I Minerva, the stamp complete and clear. 1.5 x 7 x 11 inches.

On Sale at: $450.




8143. ROMAN BRONZE CENTAUR LIKELY A LORICA SQUAMATA LEGIONARY ARMOR PLATE. c. 1st-3rd century AD. The sheet bronze hammered from behind in repousse technique to raise the figure of a centaur holding a bow. Likely used in some legionary application most likely as a lorica squamata legionary armor plate segment. 1.75 x 1.75 inches. Remains of two rivet holes where it was attached, tear on body. Rare and interesting.

SOLD.




7333. ROMAN EGYPT STAMP SEAL WITH A PRANCING HORSE, c. 2nd-4th century AD. With remains of handle on rv. 2.5 inches diameter. Rare. Incuse stamp or mold. Photographed with light from below for visibility of the form produced.

On Sale at: $650.




PRICE SLASHED!

9327. ANTIQUARIAN EPICTETUS. EPICTETI ENCHIRIDIUM CEBETIS THEBANI TABULA, 1723. 1.5 x 5 x 8 inches. 288 pages. Engraved frontispiece and folding plate, engraved chapter headers and initials. Title page printed in red and black. Gold stamped vellum armorial binding. Sound and tight in generally nice condition, damp stains in lower corner throughout. Works by the famous Stoic philosopher Epictetus printed in Greek and Latin side by side.

On Sale at: $450.




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.




C1. NUMISMATIC FINE ARTS (NFA) CATALOG IV, March 24-25, 1977. Held in the Champagne Room of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Hard cover 9 x 10 inches. 1004 lots of fine ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins and numismatic literature. With prices realized. Rare early catalog of the now defunct iconic ancient coin dealer. Excellent condition.

SOLD.




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.




10122. RARE COIN OF NERO AND POPPAEA, Nero and Poppaea, 62 - 65 A.D., Koinon Galatia, Galatia. Bronze AE 25, RPC I 3562, SGICV 662, SNG Von Aulock 6117, aVF, Tavium? mint, weight 16.654g, maximum diameter 26.1mm, die axis 45o, 62 - 65 A.D.; obverse laureate head of Nero right; reverse draped bust of Poppaea right. VF+. Very rare. An excellent example with nice portraits of both Nero and his wife Poppaea. About as nice a portrait of Poppaea as can be found on any Roman coin.

SOLD.




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.




11008. LIVILLA, Macedon, Dium mint. Pseudo-autonomous issue. temp. Tiberius, AD 14-37 AD. AE As(?) (25mm, 9.04 g, 12h). L. Rusticelius Cordus, duovir quinquennalis. Veiled and draped bust of Livilla? as Pietas right; PIETAS below bust / L . RVSTI/CELIVS/CORDVS/II . VIR/QVINQ/D . D in six lines. RPC 1543 (Pella or Dium); Kremydi-Sicilianou dies E7/O7 (an unlisted die combination); Varbanov -, but cf. 3389 (Dium). Good VF, dark green and olive patina, minor smoothing in fields. From Group CEM. Quite rare and a choice example of the type.

David Vagi in his 'Coinage and History of the Roman Empire' has made a convincing case that these Pietas types portray Livilla rather than Livia. Livilla was the sister of both Claudius and Germanicus. She and her ambitious lover Sejanus wielded great power and were involve in poisoning her husband in a failed attempt to bring Sejanus to the throne for which they both eventually lost their lives.

SOLD.




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




9397. THESSALY, TRIKKA, 440-400 BC. AR Obol, Copenhagen, 114/15. Horse prancing r. Reverse: TPIKKAI right down & ON left up; nymph bouncing a ball. VF. Rare. A charming type!

SOLD.




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.




7706. THRACE, AINOS. AE11. Hd. Hermes l./Caduceus. VF. Scarce.

SOLD.




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.




INEXPENSIVE LARGE ROMAN REPUBLICAN BRONZE

9480. ANONYMOUS, 189-180 BC. AE As. 34 mm, 32.71 g. Hd. Janus, I abv./Prow of galley, ROMA below. Near VF.

SOLD.




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; Feg 15.C.2; SB 1751. Near VF. Scarce.

On Sale at: $1450.







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