Auction No. 142

Ancient and World Coins (Lots 1-1601)
Live bidding starts: 7th July 2024, 17:00 CEST

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Greek Coins
★ Great Style ★
LUCANIA. Metapontion. Time of Pyrrhos of Epiros (280-279 BC). GOLD Tetrobol.

Obv: ΛEYKIΠΠOΣ.
Bearded head of Leukippos right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with Skylla hurling a stone.
Rev: M-E.
Two barley ears, each with leaf to outside; ΣI between.

Johnston G5; HN Italy 1630; SNG ANS 397-8; SNG Copenhagen Suppl. 43; SNG Lockett 404.

Metapontion minted six gold issues beginning in the second half of the 4th century. In 333/332 the city entered into an alliance with Alexander the Molossian and became his main base of action. The first gold fractions, bearing the head of Hera on the obverse, are dated to this period, followed by issues with a frontal female head. On the reverse is the barley ear, which was the city emblem and appeared on all issues. Finally, there are two issues with the type of Leukippos on the obverse, identified by the legend. Strabo reports one version of the colonization of Metapontion, according to which Leukippos was sent by the Achaeans. The head is similar to that appearing on silver Distaters and Staters attributed to the period of Alexander the Molossian. The two sets of Tetrobols are similar in type, but vary essentially in weight: while the former conforms to the Attic standard (2.85g), known specimens of the latter weigh c. 3.20-3.30g, weights that do not seem to fit well into any system of the period. The double barley-ear was probably intended to indicate the use of a different weight system, the same expedient in fact being used later as a value indicator for silver and bronze of the Hannibalic period. Specimens of both of these issues were found in the Bernalda hoard, suggesting contemporary circulation. The use of different weight systems is an open question. Indeed, the city had at first adopted the Achaean standard for gold, then minted the issue with Leukippos on Attic standard, like the gold coins of Tarentum. This change may be connected with a period when, as the gold coinage of Philip II of Macedon had become more widespread, the city decided to mint fine metal coinage on Attic standard, because it was accepted by mercenaries who had to be paid.

Condition: Good very fine.

Weight: 2.85 g.
Diameter: 13 mm.

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Greek Coins
SICILY. Syracuse. Agathokles (317-289 BC). EL 5 Litrai – 1/12 Stater.

Obv: Head of Arethusa right, wearing sphendone.
Rev: Octopus.

Jenkins Group A; SNG ANS 620; HGC 2, 1296.

Condition: Very fine.

Weight: 0.73 g.
Diameter: 9 mm.

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Greek Coins
★ Full Centered on Large Flan ★
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’ (336-323 BC). GOLD 1/4 Stater. Amphipolis.

Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing Corinthian helmet.
Rev: AΛEΞANΔPOY.
Bow and club, thunderbolt above.

Price 165; SNG Alpha Bank 464-5.

Condition: Extremely fine; luster in field.

Weight: 2.14 g.
Diameter: 13 mm.

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Greek Coins
★ Perfectly Centered With Full Details ★
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios (323-317 BC). GOLD Stater. Babylon.

Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with coiled serpent.
Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΦIΛIΠΠOY.
Nike standing left, holding wreath and stylis; M to outer left, ΛY below left wing.

Price P180.

Condition: Extremely fine.

Weight: 8.58 g.
Diameter: 18 mm.

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Greek Coins
★ Unusual Sharp Strike ★
KINGS OF MACEDON. Demetrios I Poliorketes (306-283 BC). Tetradrachm. Pella.

Obv: Nike, blowing trumpet and holding stylis, standing left on prow of galley left.
Rev: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ.
Poseidon standing left, preparing to throw trident. Controls: Monogram to left, dolphin and star to right.

Newell 68; Dewing 1196; HGC 3.1, 1012e.

Condition: Extremely fine; luster in field.

Weight: 17.33 g.
Diameter: 28 mm.

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Greek Coins
★ Expressive Archaic Style ★
MYSIA. Kyzikos. Hekte (Circa 550-450 BC).

Obv: Helmeted head of Athena left on tunny left.
Rev: Quadripartite incuse square.

Von Fritze 67; Boston MFA 1447; cf. SNG BN 195 (hemihekte).

Condition: Good very fine.

Weight: 2.68 g.
Diameter: 11 mm.

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Greek Coins
★ Perfectly Centered ★
IONIA. Phokaia. EL Hekte (Circa 478-387 BC).

Obv: Head of Hermes left, wearing petasos; to right, small seal downward.
Rev: Quadripartite incuse square.

Bodenstedt 82; SNG von Aulock 2125; Boston MFA 1915; BMC 35.

Condition: Extremely fine.

Weight: 2.54 g.
Diameter: 11 mm.

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Greek Coins
KYRENAICA. Kyrene. Ophellas (Ptolemaic Governor, first reign, circa 322-313 BC). GOLD Hemistater – Drachm. Chairios, magistrate.

Obv: XAIPIOΣ.
Horseman riding right, with petasos hanging from neck.
Rev: K – Y / P – A.
Silphion plant; cicada to lower left.

BMC 131; Boston MFA 1328; McClean 9943; Pozzi 3275; Weber 8438.

Rare.
Founded in 631 B.C. by settlers from the island of Thera, Cyrene was soon one of the richest and most important Greek cities. The period from the end of the Battiadian dynasty to the rise of Alexander the Great was the city’s golden age. It earned the nickname ‘Athens of Africa’, hosting important philosophers such as Aristippos, the poet Callimachos and the astronomer Eratosthenes.

Condition: Good very fine.

Weight: 4.30 g.
Diameter: 15 mm.

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Roman Imperial Coins
★ Alimenta Italiae ★
TRAJAN (98-117). GOLD Aureus. Rome.

Obv: IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P.
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: COS V P P S P Q R OPTIMO PRINC / ALIM ITAL.
Trajan standing left, extending hand toward boy and girl standing right with arms raised.

Woytek 345f; RIC 93 corr. (bust type); Calicó 984.

Condition: Near very fine.

Weight: 7.23 g.
Diameter: 20 mm.

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Roman Imperial Coins
TRAJAN (98-117). GOLD Aureus. Rome.

Obv: IMP CAES NER TRAIAN OPTIM AVG GERM DAC.
Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
Rev: PARTHICO P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R •.
Radiate and draped bust of Sol right.

Woytek 572f; RIC 329f; Calicó 1038.

Condition: Very fine.

Weight: 7.10 g.
Diameter: 20 mm.

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World Coins
AUSTRIA. 1st Republic (1918-1938). GOLD 100 Kronen (1923). Wien (Vienna).

Obv: REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH.
Crowned eagle facing, head left and with wings spread, holding sickle and hammer in talons.
Rev: 2952 KRONEN = 1 KILOGRAMM MÜNZGOLD (900/1000 FEIN).
Denomination within wreath.

Herinek 1; KM 2831.

Ex Dorotheum

Condition: Mint State.

Weight: 33.90 g.
Diameter: 37 mm.

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World Coins
AUSTRIAN EMPIRE. Franz Josef I (1848-1916). GOLD 100 Corona (1909). Wien (Vienna).

Obv: FRANC IOS I D G IMP AVSTR REX BOH GAL ILL ETC ET AP REX HVNG.
Bare head right.
Rev: C CORONÆ MDCCCCIX / 10 COR.
Crowned imperial eagle facing, with coat-of-arms on breast and wings spread, and holding sword, sceptre and orb; crown above.

Herinek 318; KM 2819.

Condition: Extremely fine; edge dent.

Weight: 33.88 g.
Diameter: 37 mm.

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