Goldberg Coins and Collectibles



Sale 72

February 2-5. 2013


Ancient Greek
 
 
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Lot 4319
Macedonian Kingdom. Alexander III, the Great, 336-323 BC. Silver Drachm (4.24g). Minted at Miletos c. 295/4 BC under Demetrius I Poliorketes. Struck in the name and type of Alexander III. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin. Reverse: Zeus Aetophoros seated left; monogram in left field, labrys below throne. Newell 49; Price 2148. Lustrous and nicely toned. Superb Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $300 - 350.
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$253
Lot 4320
Macedonian Kingdom. Alexander III, the Great, 336-323 BC. Silver Drachm (4.23g). Minted at Miletos ca. 295 BC under Demetrius I Poliorketes. In the name and type of Alexander III. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin. Reverse: Zeus Aetophoros seated left; monogram in left field, labrys below throne. Newell 49; Price 2148. Lustrous and nicely toned. Superb Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $300 - 350.
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$345
Lot 4321
Macedonian Kingdom. Alexander III, the Great, 336-323 BC. Silver Drachm (4.17 g). Mint of Abydus. early posthumous issue. Head dof Herakles right in lion skin headdress. Reverse: Zeus seated left, holding eagle. Price 1531. NGC graded XF; Strike: 5/5, Surface: 5/5.
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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$288
Lot 4322
Macedonian Kingdom. Alexander III, the Great, 336-323 BC. Silver Drachm (4.4g) minted at Marathos in Phoenicia, ca. 230-225 BC. Head of Athena right wearing a crested Corinthian helmet. Reverse: Nike (Victory) standing left, holding a wreath and stylis; monogram outer left field. Price--, BMC Phoenicia p. xlii, A = Babelon, Perses 1439 = Rouvier 781 = De Luynes 3164; Houghton 940 (listed as Alexander I Balas). Extremely Rare. Superb Extremely Fine.

On the Mediterranean, the city of Marathos (Amrit) lay under the dominion of Arados (Arwad). Both surrendered in ca. 332 BC to Alexander the Great, whose gold staters this type most clearly copies. Traditionally assigned to the beginning of Marathos coinage, until fairly recently, the type was known only from two coins, the de Luynes specimen in Paris and the Houghton. The discovery of some Marathos drachms with a group of coins of Seleukos II has brought the known number up to a handful or so, while it has brought the likely issuance date down to ca. 230-225 BC.

This new evidence is helpful, but the issue still remains much an enigma. There is an extremely rare tetradrachm, bearing the ethnic, from this period; and it may be that these drachms figured in as an auxiliary fractional coinage. In ca. 219 BC, Marathos gained its independence from Arados. Perhaps then these coins are connected to events which would lead to this outcome. The issuance of a high-value silver coin would indicate that Marathos had achieved a great measure of autonomy. But Marathos did not stay long from the shadow of Arados. In 148 BC, Arados sacked the city, and Marathos was abandoned afterwards.
Estimated Value $5,000 - 6,000.
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$8,050
Lot 4323
Macedonian Kingdom. Antigonos III, Doson, 229-221 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (16.93g) struck ca. 227-225 BC. Wreathed head of Poseidon right. Reverse: Apollo seated left on prow, holding a bow in his outstretched hand, monogram below. SNG Ashmolean 3263; SNG Alpha Bank 1046; SNG München 1121. Traces of horn silver. Lightly toned and nicely centered. Very Fine.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.
Ex Wolfen Family Foundation, purchased from Bank Leu early 1970s.

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$2,530
Lot 4324
Macedonian Kingdom. Perseus, 179-168 BC. Silver Tetradrachm ((15.4g). Diademed head of Perseus right with close-cropped beard. Reverse: Eagle standing right on a thunderbolt; monogram M above; ΛT to right and ΛΩ between eagle's legs; all within oak wreath. Cf. SNG Berry 381 (different top and bottom monogram). Attractive light toning. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $2,000 - 2,500.
The Hunter Collection.

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$3,565
Lot 4325
Macedon. Under Roman rule. Silver Tetradrachm (16.6g) struck after 168 BC. Diademed head of Artemis right, quiver over her shoulder, at the center of a Macedonian shield; edge decorated with seven 8-point stars set in double crescents. Reverse: Herakles' club; around, three monograms; all within oak wreath; in outer left field, thunderbolt. SNG Cop 1314-5; SNG Ashmolen 3290-1. Soft russet hues. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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$604
Lot 4326
Macedon. Under Roman rule. Silver Tetradrachm (16.8g) struck after 168 BC. Diademed head of Artemis right, quiver over her shoulder, at the center of a Macedonian shield; edge decorated with seven 8-point stars set in double crescents. Reverse: Herakles' club; above, AP monogram; all within oak wreath; in outer left field, thunderbolt. SNG Cop 1310; SNG Ashmolean 3292. Portrait of fine style. Lightly toned. Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 500.
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$805
Lot 4327
Paeonian Kingdom. Lykkeios, 356-335 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (13.38g). Laureate head of Zeus right. Reverse: Herakles strangling the Nemean lion; bow and quiver behind him. AMNG III, 8, Sotheby's Paeonian Hoard 63; SNG ANS 1019. Small nick on cheek. Attractively toned. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $700 - 800.
Ex Classical Numismatic Group Sale 54, June 14, 2000, lot 498.

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$460
Lot 4328
Paeonian Kingdom. Patraos, 335-315 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (12.64g). Laureate head of Apollo right. Reverse: Horseman, wielding spear, riding down foe, kantharos behind. SNG ANS 1032, Paeonian Hoard 185. Lightly toned and well centered for this issue. Choice Very Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 500.
Ex Wolfen Family Foundation, purchased from Bank Leu early 1970s.

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$483
Lot 4329
Paeonian Kingdom. Patraos, ca. 335-315 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (12.77g). Laureate head of Apollo right. Reverse: Paeonian horseman in full armor and crested helmet, galloping right and spearing fallen Macedonian soldier; conical helmet below horse's tail. Paeonian Hoard 221. Full types on oblongish flan. Russet highlights. Choice Very Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 500.
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$345
Lot 4330
Thrace, Abdera. Silver Tetrobol (2.81g) struck ca. 410-385 BC. Magistrate: Nymphagoras. Gryphon, with heavy crest and sinuous tail, springing left; ethnic above; dotted border. Reverse: Dolphin left diagonally downwards within dotted square; magistrate's name around. May, Abdera, 388; SNG Cop 335. Needle sharp and rarely seen this choice. Superb Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $600 - 700.
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$1,438
Lot 4331
Skythian Dynasts. Koson, mid-first century BC. Gold Stater (8.42 g) minted at Olbia, after 54 BC. Consul walking left between two lictors bearing axes; to left, monogram. Reverse: Eagle standing left on scepter, raised wreath in right talons. RPC 1 1701A; SNG Copenhagen 123. NGC graded Choice Mint State; Strike: 5/5, Surface: 5/5. A gem example.
Estimated Value $800 - 900.
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$1,150
Lot 4332
Skythian Dynasts. Koson, minted after 54 BC. Gold Stater (8.41 g). Consul walking left between two lictors bearing axes. Reverse: Eagle standing left on sceptre, raised wreath in right talon. SNG Cop. 123. NGC graded Mint State. Strike: 3/5, Surface: 4/5.
Estimated Value $700 - 800.
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$805
Lot 4333
Skythian Dynasts. Koson, minted after 54 BC. Gold Stater (8.45 g). Consul walking left between two lictors bearing axes. Reverse: Eagle standing left on sceptre, raised wreath in right talon. SNG Cop. 123. NGC graded Mint State. Strike: 2/5, Surface: 4/5 Struck 30% off-center.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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$776
Lot 4334
Skythian Dynasts. Koson, minted after 54 BC. Gold Stater (8.45 g). Consul walking left between two lictors bearing axes; to left, monogram. Reverse: Eagle standing left on scepter, raised wreath in right talons. RPC 1 1701-A. SNG Cop. 123. Encapsulated by NGC and labeled Roman-Brutus (44-42 BC). NGC graded Gem Uncirculated.
Estimated Value $800 - 900.
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$1,208
Lot 4335
Thrace, Apollonia Pontika, ca. 450-400 BC. Silver Drachm (3.1 g). Anchor; crawfish to left, A to right. Reverse: Gorgoneion. BMC 15 (Mysia); Sear 1655; SNG Cop 452. Beautifully centered and designed, the gorgoneion with protruding tongue on his drachm is a lovely example of the type. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $300 - 350.
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$834
Lot 4336
Thrace, Istros. Silver Drachm (5.30g) struck Fourth Century BC. Facing male heads, the left inverted. Reverse: Sea-eagle left grasping dolphin in its talons; below, Γ. AMNG I, 417; SNG BM Black Sea 247-8. Minor earthen deposit at edge, and small edge split. Toned. About Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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$460
Lot 4337
Thrace, Odessos. Silver Tetradrachm. ca 125-70 BC. Struck in the name and type of Alexander III, the Great and minted posthumously at Odessos. Price 1193; M-429. ICG graded EF-40.
Estimated Value $300 - 350.
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$184
Lot 4338
Tauric Chersonesos, Pantikapaion. AE 22 (7.24g) ca. 310-303 BC. Bearded head of Pan right. Reverse: ΠA-N. Forepart of a gryphon left; below, sturgeon left. MacDonald 69; Anokhin 111; SNG BM Black Sea 869-71; SNG Cop 30. Reddish-brown patina. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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$437
Lot 4339
Thracian Kingdom. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (17.2g) minted at Herakleia, 288-281 BC. Diademed head right of deified Alexander the Great, with horn of Ammon. Reverse: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAΧOY. Athena Nikephoros seated left, her left elbow resting on grounded shield, on her outstretched right hand, Nike (Victory) standing left to crown king's name; behind, spear; in exergue, club. Thompson 177. Cleaned long ago. Struck in very high relief. Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $1,000 - 1,500.
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$661
Lot 4340
Thracian Kingdom. Lysimachos, 323-281 BC. AR Tetradrachm (17.1g), minted at Amphipolis, 288-281 BC. Diademed head right of the deified Alexander, wearing the horn of Ammon. Reverse: Athena Nikephoros seated left, caduceus with handle before her, K monogram in outer right. Thompson 193, Müller 106. Pleasing, evocative style Toned a soft gray with pale champagne highlights. Toned a soft gray with pale champagne highlights. Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $700 - 800.
The Hunter Collection.

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$863
Lot 4341
Thrace, Thasos. Silver Tetradrachm (16.88g) struck ca. 168-148 BC. Wreathed head of a young Dionysos right. Reverse: Herakles standing facing, head left, lion's skin draped from left arm, holding studded club to ground with the right hand; inner left field, ΔI monogram. SNG Cop 1038. Some obverse porosity. Pleasing style. Very Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 500.
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$690
Lot 4342
Akarnania, Leukas, ca. 345-307 BC. Silver Stater (8.5g). Pegasos flying right, lambda below. Reverse: Helmeted head of Athena right, amphora with grapes and "A" behind. Pegasi II, p.426, 128. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 500.
The Hunter Collection.

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$345
Lot 4343
Akarnania, Leukas, ca. 400-330 BC. Silver Stater (8.11g). Pegasos flying left; below, Λ. Reverse: Helmeted head of Athena left, ivy branch behind. BMC 23. Medium gray toning over minor obverse graffiti. Choice Very Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 500.
Ex Wolfen Family Foundation, purchased from Bank Leu early 1970s.

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$690
Lot 4344
Phokis, Delphi. Silver Stater (12.16g) struck in the name of the Amphiktyonic Council, ca. 336-334 BC. Veiled head of Demeter left, wreathed with wheat ears. Reverse: Apollo Pythios, laureate and wearing chiton, seating left on an omphalos which is draped with his himation and covered in a netting of woolen cords, resting his chin on his right hand; his right elbow propped on his kithara before him; holding in his left hand a long laurel branch over his shoulder; tripod in left field. P. Kinns, "The Amphictionic Coinage Reconsidered," NC 1983, pl. I, 7-8 (O1/R5). Struck in high relief. Extremely Rare. Extremely Fine.

The great Temple of Delphi was destroyed in 373 BC by an earthquake (apparently the same seismic activity, followed by a tsunami, which wiped the Achaean city of Helike from both the map and history). Charged with the support and care of the Temple of Delphi and the Temple of Demeter (at Anthela), the members of the Amphiktyonic League responded immediately. The efforts to rebuild the temple, though, were often stalled. One of the greatest obstacles was brought on by a quarrel between two league members, Phokis and Thebes.

In 362 BC, Phokis turned down Thebes' request to send troops for the Mantinea campaign. Five years later, Thebes saw its chance to punish Phokis. Athens was entangled in the Social War and the Phokian ally Alexander of Pherai was dead. In 357 BC, Thebes, which now dominated the Amphiktyonic League, brought Phokis before the member states and levied a charge of sacrilege for the illegal cultivation of sacred land in Kirra. An unjustifiably high fine was imposed on Phokis. Raising a mercenary army with funds provided by Sparta, which had also been harshly fined by the League, the Phokians occupied Delphi; then defeated a Lokrian expedition sent against them. The League's council members declared a Sacred War. In 346 BC, Phokis was defeated and expelled from the Amphiktyonic League, and its two votes were given to Philip II and Macedon, who had helped in their defeat. Work resumed at Delphi. In 338/36 BC, the League opted to melt down the temple treasury silver and mint a new series of coinage to finance reconstruction. Staters, drachms and hemidrachms were struck, and their types were indicative of the two temples under the League's protective mantle. The rebuilt Temple of Delphi was finished in 330/29 BC.
Estimated Value $30,000 - 40,000.
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$60,375
Lot 4345
Boeotia, Thebes. Silver Stater (12.11g) ca. 395-338 BC. Boeotian shield. Reverse: Amphora with foot and handles shaped as volutes; EY-FA/P-A across fields; above, club and grape bunch. Hepworth 43; BCD Boiotia 567; BMC 140. A few old reverse scratches. Choice Very Fine.
Estimated Value $400 - 500.
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$690
Lot 4346
Attica, Athens. Silver Tetradrachm (17.18g) struck ca. 454-404 BC. Head of Athena right, wearing crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves above visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl; and wearing round earring and necklace. Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing; olive sprig and crescent behind. SNG Cop 31; Kroll 8; Dewing 1591. Full eye profile. Boldly struck with delicate antique golden toning. Superb Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $3,500 - 4,000.
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$5,520
Lot 4347
Attica, Athens. Silver Tetradrachm, ca. 449-413 BC. Head of Athena right wearing crested helmet. Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing AOE to right, olive leaf and crescent moon to left; all in incuse square. NGC labeled Money of the Bible (p.31). NGC graded Very Fine. Our grade is Fine and overcleaned.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
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$375
Lot 4348
Attica, Athens. Silver Tetradrachm (17.0g) ca. 395-355 BC. Head of Athena right with profile eye, wearing crested Attic helmet with three olive leaves over visor and spiral palmette on the bowl. Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing; behind, olive sprig and crescent. Dewing 1625. Lightly toned. Choice Very Fine.
Estimated Value $500 - 600.
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$1,035
Lot 4349
Attica, Athens. AR "New Style" Tetradrachm (16.7g), struck 113/2 BC. Magistrates: Eumareides, Alkidam., Thoi…. Head of Athena right wearing triple-crested helmet decorated with a palmette and gryphon. Reverse: Owl standing facing on an amphora, at right Triptolemos driving chariot drawn by serpents left, "A" on amphora, sigma omega below, all within wreath. Thompson 670a. Light gray. Very Fine.
Estimated Value $350 - 450.
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$437
Lot 4350
Attica, Athens. Silver New Style Tetradrachm (16.7g) struck 93/92 BC. Magistrates: Demeas, Ermokles, Plestias. Head right of Athena wearing a triple-crested Attic helmet decorated with a palmette and gryphon. Reverse: Owl standing three-quarters right, head facing, on an overturned amphora; headdress of Isis in right field; Γ on amphora; ΛH below. Thompson 1055b. Superb Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $600 - 700.
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$719
Lot 4351
Aegina. Silver Stater (12.30g) ca. 480-457 BC. Sea turtle, a row of pellets straight down its shell. Reverse: Large incuse skew pattern. Millbank p.I, 15; SNG Cop 517. Well struck and perfectly centered with all the pellets displayed. Minor reddish earthen deposits. Choice Very Fine.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
Ex Wolfen Family Foundation, purchased from Bank Leu early 1970s.

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$5,060
Lot 4352
Aegina. Silver Stater (12.24g) struck ca. 370 BC. Land tortoise with segmented shell, head tilted slightly left; pattern on each plate of shell; "pattern-framed" around. Reverse: Refined incuse skew pattern. Millbank pl. 2, 14; SNG Delepierre 1545; Dewing 1686. Attractive iridescent highlights. Superb Extremely Fine.

The island of Aegina was probably the first state in European Greece to issue coined money (mid-sixth century BC). The Aeginetans were famed for their seamanship and were a considerable naval power in the Aegean area. Their didrachm-stater of about 12.6 grams became the accepted standard for numerous mints in the Cyclades, in Crete and in Asia Minor, as well as in Greece itself. In 445 BC, the Thirty Years Peace guaranteed Aegina's autonomy, and a new variant of the Aeginetan coinage was introduced. This depicted the turtle (now usually described as a tortoise) with a segmented carapace in place of the smooth shell of the archaic period. However, with the outbreak of Peloponnesian War in 431 BC, the Aeginetans were expelled from their homes and the island was occupied by Athenian cleruchs, a situation that prevailed until the Athenian defeat in 404 BC.
Estimated Value $6,000 - 8,000.
Ex Goldberg Auction 25, May 31, 2004, lot 3228; Coin Galleries, Claude R. Collier Sale, March 9, 1956, lot 1584.

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$10,350
Lot 4353
Aegina. Silver Stater (11.8g) struck ca. 370 BC. Land tortoise with segmented shell. Reverse: Incuse square with thin skew pattern. Milbank pl. II, 14; Dewing 1686; SNG Delepierre 1545. Struck in high relief and nicely toned. Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
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$1,495
Lot 4354
Sikyonia, Sikyon. Silver Stater (12.19g) ca. 335-330 BC. Chimaira standing left; right foreleg raised; tongue protruding; wreath above its back; ΣE below. Reverse: Dove flying left; before it, I; all within olive wreath. BCD Peloponnesos 219. A few old, thin obverse scrape marks, otherwise. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $2,500 - 3,000.
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$2,645
Lot 4355
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Lot 4356
Bithynia, Kalchedon. ca. 4th Century BC. AR Drachm (3.78 g). KAΛ above bull standing left on ear of corn. Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square of "mill-sail" pattern. Sear 3742; BMC 13. Toned. NGC graded Choice XF; Strike: 4/5, Surface: 5/5.
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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$276
Lot 4357
Bithynia, Bithynian Kingdom. Nikomedes II, Epiphanes, 149-127 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (16.7g). Dated 162 BE (137/136 BC). Diademed head of Nikomedes right. Reverse: Zeus Stephanophoros standing left, eagle left on thunderbolt inner left field above monogram "MΠE" and date "BΞP". BMC 2 var. (year). Some faint old hairlines on the obverse margins. Gun-metal gray with light iridescense. Struck on a nice wide flan. Choice Very Fine.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
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$891
Lot 4358
Mysia, Kyzikos. Electrum Stater (16.0g) struck ca. 500-450 BC. Winged dog seated left, its head reverted; below, tunny fish left. Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square. V. Fritze 104; Boston MFA 1433. The winged dog very well centered for the type. Toned. Extremely Rare and the best of the handful of known examples. Choice Very Fine.

Thanks to her strategic position at the entrance to the Black Sea, Kyzikos knew great prosperity, a wealth reflected in its extensive series of electrum staters produced from 550 to 350 BC depicting a rich array of types, many mythological. During this period, it was not uncommon for the Kyzikene celators to add wings to non-alate animals that would be depicted on the coinage. This practice is also seen on the coins of Mytilene and Phokaia. Today we are presented with a curious menagerie: winged boars and lions, less frequently winged stags and winged bulls. Most unusual, though, is the winged dog portrayed here and possibly unique to Kyzikos.

Counter-balancing this singular creature, is the tunny, the symbol of the city and a unifying common theme throughout its electrum coinage. Shoals of these large, fatty and nutrition-rich fish constantly passed through the Propontis on their way from the Euxine to the Aegean Sea. An essential part of the Kyzikene economy, tunny was also one of the most important foods in the ancient Mediterranean diet and its use as a symbol on the far-travelled Kyzikene coinage would clearly have had great propaganda value.
Estimated Value $20,000 - 25,000.
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Lot 4359
Mysia, Kyzikos. Electrum Hekte (2.72g) struck ca. 500-450 BC. Archaic head of an ephebe left on a raised diskos; below, tunny fish left, with detailed face and pectoral, pelvic, anal and caudal fins. Reverse: Quadripartite incuse punch of mill-sail pattern. Von Fritze 105; Boston MFA 1476; Rosen 486. Probably the finest known example of this fascinating and very rare type. Superb Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $4,000 - 5,000.
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$3,565
Lot 4360
Mysia, Kyzikos. Electrum Stater (16.0 g) struck ca. 450-400 BC. Dionysos, holding thyrsos (fennel staff tipped with a pinecone), seated sidewise on a panther striding left, its forepaw raised; tunny left, below. Reverse: Quadripartite incuse square. Boston MFA 1568. Rare. Obverse somewhat off center as is common, losing top of Dionysos' head and most of the thyrsos. Oblongish flan. Very Fine.

One of the earliest and most successful Milesian colonies along the Sea of Marmara, Kyzikos commanded a strategic position at the entry to the Black Sea. Thanks to her location, Kyzikos prospered greatly, and her wealth is reflected in the extensive series of electrum staters it produced from 550 to 350 BC depicting a rich array of types, many mythological. As a unifying common theme throughout its electrum coinage, Kyzikos employs the symbol of the city, the tunny. Shoals of these large, fatty and nutrition-rich fish constantly passed through the Propontis on their way from the Euxine to the Aegean Sea. An essential part of the Kyzikene economy, tunny was also one of the most important foods in the ancient Mediterranean diet, and its use as a symbol on the far-travelled Kyzikene coinage would clearly have had great propaganda value.
Estimated Value $5,000 - 7,500.
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$6,038
Lot 4361
Mysia, Pergamon. Roman Rule c. 133-67 BC. AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm (12.61 g). Cissta mystica contining serpent; all within ivey-wreath. Reverse: Bow case between two coiled serpents; ΔH above monogram. Sear 3947 var. NGC graded Choice XF; Strike: 4/5, Surface: 4/5.
Estimated Value $250 - 300.
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$345
Lot 4362
Aeolia, Cyme / Kyme. Herakleides, magistrate. Silver Tetradrachm (16.68g) struck ca. 165-140 BC. Head right of the amazon Kyme, wearing taenia. Reverse: Bridled horse prancing right, one handled Kymaean cup below its raised foreleg; all within wreath. Oakley 64a; SNG Cop 105. Soft, iridescent hues. A very pleasing example. Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $800 - 900.
Ex Wolfen Family Foundation, purchased from Bank Leu early 1970s.

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$891
Lot 4363
Aeolis, Cyme / Kyme. Kallias, Magistrate, ca. 165-140 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (16.6 g), Stephanophoric type. Head of the Amazon Kyme right wearing taenia. Reverse: Horse prancing right, raising foreleg above a one-handed Kymaean cup, all within wreath. SNG Cop 103; SNG v. Aulock 1636; BMC Troas 73. Lightly toned. Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $600 - 700.
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$1,093
Lot 4364
Lesbos, Mytilene, ca. 521-478 BC. Electrum Hekte (2.6g). Head of a roaring lion right. Reverse: Incuse calf's head right. Bodenstedt 13, SNG v.Aulock 1685, SNG Copenhagen 301, Boston MFA 1680. Well-centered, sharp types, delicately toned. Nearly Extremely Fine.
Estimated Value $800 - 900.
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$1,064
Lot 4365
Uncertain Asia Minor. Electrum 1/24 Stater (0.65 g) struck 6th Century BC. Eagle's head left. Reverse: Incuse punch. Rosen 270. Very Fine.
Estimated Value $300 - 350.
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$253
Lot 4366
Uncertain Ionia, Ephesus / Ephesos (?) Silver Hemidrachm (1.5g) struck 6th Century BC. Bee with straight wings. Reverse: Quadripartite incuse punch. Rosen 384 (tritartemorion). Uniform slate grey toning. Choice Very Fine. Rare.
Estimated Value $300 - 400.
The Hunter Collection.

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$345
Lot 4367
Ionia, Miletos. Electrum Stater (14.23g) struck ca. 660 BC. The Striation Type. Milesian standard (17.5mm). Field of striated lines. Reverse: Long slim, shallow rectangular central punch, flanked by two square shallow punches, all with uneven raised surfaces. Joseph Linzalone, Electrum and the Invention of Coinage (2011), 1014 (this coin); BMC 1. Considered the first true coin. Extremely Rare and one of only seven known of this type. About Extremely Fine.

According to Herodotus, the Lydians were the first people to use electrum coinage. And up and to present day, literary tradition has deemed Lydia the birthplace of coinage. Although there is not much evidence to point specifically to Lydia, Asia Minor is most certainly the fount of the first coinage. A mixture of gold and silver known to the Greeks as elektron occurred as a natural ore found in nugget form in its riverbeds. These nuggets were weighed and used as a form of exchange and from them evolved the earliest coinage. It would only be natural then for the earliest coins, which would bear no design, to be globular and nugget-like in shape. The intrinsic value of early electrum was quite high, and these early coins must then have been used for the transfer of large sums, whether mercantile or governmental, or as donatives.

As a guaranty of a fixed value, punches were added to these electrum units. For scholars and numismatists, this is the determinant that ennobles these pieces as the first true coins. (In China, bronze cowrie shells dating back to 900 BC or earlier have been found in burial sites; copies of organic cowrie shells which were used as units of exchange. But these bronze cowries bear no mark of value.)

The process of adding the punches was facilitated by roughing up the surfaces, resulting in coins with rough, irregular or striated surfaces. These coins would be based on the Milesian standard of circa 14 grams which was employed in parts of Ionia and in Lydia. As a phase of the evolution of coinage, this time would be very brief. From Ionia, or Lydia, electrum coinage spread to the coastal cities of Asia Minor, to the Greek islands and then to the mainland.

The Striation Type is the first type of coin to introduce the innovation of an obverse image. According to Linzalone, the simple design was perhaps inspired by ripples on the surface of water, ripples that market the source of precious Electrum.

As the largest denomination of the first successful type coin, the extremely rare staters of the striated series are of singular inportance as the premier example of the first true coin.
Estimated Value $30,000 - 40,000.
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Realized
$57,500
Lot 4368
Caria, Carian Satraps. Maussollos, 377-353 BC. Silver Tetradrachm (15.13g). Laureate head of Apollo facing slightly right, chlamys fastened at neck. Reverse: MAYΣΣΩΛΛO. Zeus Labraundos standing right, holding labrys over right shoulder and scepter in left hand; to left, ME monogram. SNG Kayhan 873; SNG Spencer-Churchill 191. Weak reverse. Fine antique gray toning with nice high relief obverse. Extremely Fine/About Very fine.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.
The Hunter Collection.

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Realized
$1,323



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