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Achaean League, Epidauros
AR Hemidrachm, 2.38g. 14mm. late 2nd-early 1st cents. B.C.  Laureate head of Zeus to right.  Monogram and coiled snake within wreath.  BMC 1268var.  Clerk 162.  BCD_   Nice dark toning and high relief.  
Ex: LHS, Zurich, Auction 102, 2008, lot 240.
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Extremely Fine $1,500.
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Bithynian Kings, Nikomedes III, ex: Glen, 1957

AR Tetradrachm, 16.42g. 35mm.  Dated year 205=94-93 B.C. Diademed head of Nikomedes to right.  Rev. Zeus standing to left holdiing wreath and scepter; eagle on thunderbolt in field to left.  Recueil II, 591. de Callatay, Guerres, pl. 56 D60/R2(this coin).   Exceptional high relief portrait and attractive old collection toning.

Ex: Glendining, London, Auction March 7-8, 1957, lot 256, Sale of a Foreign Ambassador.

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Extremely Fine $6,500.
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Seleukos I, 312-281 B.C.

AR Tetradrachm, 17.08g. 28mm. Seleukia in Pieria mint, c.300 B.C. Head of Herakles to right wearing lion's skin. Rev. Zeus enthroned to left holding scepter and wreath-bearing nike; K P below; monogram in field to left; Greek inscription, "King Seleukos"  SC 29.1b.  WSM 893. Houghton 401.  Fine style and struck in high relief. Toned.

Seleukos founded the port city of Seleukia in Pieria on April 23, 300 according to a 6th century chronicle by Jophn Malalas.  The city was later the site of Seleukos' tomb and posthumous cult ( See SC, vol. 1, p. 23). 

Ex: Spink, Zurich, Auction 20, October 6, 1986, lot 334.

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Extremely Fine $4,500.
Seleukid Kings, Antiochos VIII, Pedigreed to 2003

AR Tetradrachm, 16.71g. 30mm.  Damaskos mint, dated year 195= 118/117 B.C.  Diademed head of Antiochos VIII to right.  Rev. Zeus Ouranios standing to left holding scepter and star; lunar crescent above.  SC 2322.5; die break on reverse.  Toned.

Ex: Auctiones, Basel, Auction 29. June 121-13, 2003, lot 749.
Ex: Münzen und Medaillen, Basel, Auction 17, October 4, 2005.lot 1228

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Extremely Fine/about Extremely Fine $1,750.
Thrace, Deultum, Caracalla, 198-217 A.D. pedigree

AE 25, 10.54g. Laureate and cuirassed bust of the mature Caracalla to right. Rv. Zeus standing to right holding scepter and thunderbolt.. Jurukova 7. Die break on obverse; green and brown patina. Exceptional quality and virtually as struck.


Ex: Aufhauser, Munich, Auction 16, October 16, 2001, lot 375.

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Extremely Fine $1,000.
Karia, Stratonikeia, Septimius Severus, 193-211

AE 37.5mm, 23.83g.  Facing busts of Septimius and Julia Domna; counterstamp with head of Caracalla below.  Rev. Zeus Panamaros holding scepter and riding to right.  BMC 55.  SNG von Aulock 2668. Hoegego 84 for counterstamp. Brown patina.


Ex: Münzen Auktion Essen, 1994, lot 317.

Panamara was a dependecy of Stratonikeia and contained an important temple to Zeus.   Labienus and the Parthians in 40/39  B.C. unsuccesfully attempted to capture both Stratonikeia and Panamara.    They were foiled at Panamara by an intervention of Zeus.  (See: Princeton Encyclopedia of Classical Sites, 1976.).  This manifestation of Zeus is depicted on the reverse of the coin. 

A dedicatory inscription probabably for a sculptural group was found at Panamara and relates the details of Zeus' aid during the siege.  The Parthians fist attempted a surprise attack at night but Zeus illuminated the sky with lightining to alert the Panamarian defenders.   During a subsequesnt attack, Zeus enveloped the attackers in fog and a severe storm which caused great confusion within their ranks but allowed the defenders to be hidden in the fog with a resulstant slaughter of the attackers.  (See: Georgia Petridou, "Crossing Physical and Cultural Borders in the Battlefield: Amorphous Epiphanies and Divine Bilingualism"  pp. 155ff. in Borders, Terminologies, Idiologies, and Performances, Annette Weissenrieder(ed), 2016.

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good Very Fine/Very Fine $3,500.
Lydia, Uncertain satrap, Gamerses, c.400-350 B.C.

AE 14, 1.69g. Head of Gamerses(?) to right wearing short hair with long braid, earring, and necklace. Rv. Zeus standing to left; star in field to left. Klein 563. Excellent portrait and fine green patina.

Gamerses is otherwise unknown except for his coinage. His name appears on the reverse of this coin and it is likely that it is his portrait on the obverse.


Ex: Künker, Osnabruck, Auction 257, October 10, 2014, lot 8234

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Extremely Fine/good Very Fine $750.
Cappadocia, Tyana, Time of Trajan, 98-117 A.D.

AE 15mm, 2.26g. Humped bull standing to right.  Rev. Zeus seated to left.  Lindgren I, 1733. Lovely green patina.


Ex: Numismatik Naumann 48, Munich, November 20, 2016, lot 292

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Extremely Fine/good Very Fine $475.
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Egypt, Ptolemy III, 246-222 B.C.

AE Drachm, 72.15g. 42.5mm. Alexandria mint. Diademed head of Zeus Ammon to right. Rev. Eagle standing to left on thunderbolt; cornucopia in field to left.  Svoronos 964.  SNG COP 171-2.  Reddish-brown patina with some areas of encrustation.


Ex: Freeman and Sear, Los Angeles, Mail Bid Sale 15, June 27, 2008, lot 224.

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about Extremely Fine $1,700.
Alexandria, Marcus Aurelius, ex: Niggeler

AE Drachm, 23.13g. 34.5mm.  Dated year 14= 150/151 A.D. and struck as Caesar under Antoninus Pius.   Bare head, draped, and cuirassed bust of Aurelius to right.  Rev. Zeus seated to left holding scepter; eagle below.  Dattari 3212. Geissen_.  Brown patina.  Scarce.


Ex: Walter Niggeler collection, Bank Leu and Münzen und Medaillen, Auction,  Basel, October 21, 1966, lot 29.

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good Very Fine $1,500.

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