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Athena

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Sicily, Syracuse

AR Hemidrachm, 1.94g. 15mm.  Period of Timoleon, 344-317 B.C. 
Three-quarter head of Athena facing wearing a crested helmet.  Rev. Horseman riding to right; star and grain ear in field to left.  SNG ANS 522.  SNG Lloyd 1450. Toned.

Provenance/Pedigree
Ex: Leu Numismatik, Zurich, Auction 74, 1998, lot 109.

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Very Fine $1,500.00
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Attica, Athens, pedigreed hemiobol

AR Hemiobol, 0.34g. 7mm. c.450-430 B.C. Head of Athena to right wearing crested helmet.  Rev. Owl; olive sprig to left.  Svoronos Pl. XIII, 42. SNG COP 61; some small bits of encrustation on obv.   Toned and with a nearly perfectly centered and well struck obverse in high relief; an exceptional example for this denomination. 

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: Swiss Credit Corp, Basel, Auction 17, January 277, 1987, lot 42
Ex: Harold Salvesen collection

 

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Extremely Fine/good Very Fine $2,750.00
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Attica, Athens

AR Tetradrachm, 17.17g. 25mm.  c.454-404 B.C. Head of Athena to right wearing crested helmet decorated with olive leaves.  Rev. Owl standing to right; olve sprig and crescent moon behind.  SNG COP 33ff.  Ancient banker's counterstamp in the form of a crescent in the obverse field. Lovely old collection toning.

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Extremely Fine $950.00
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Lykian Dynast, Ddenevele, Ex: Sternberg
AR Drachm, 4.24g.  18mm. c.400-390 B.C.   Xanthos or Tlos mint.  Head of the Dynast wearing Persian tiara to right; monogram in front.  Rev. Helmeted head of Athena to right with the name of the Dynast in Lykian script around.  Winzer 24.2  SNG COP 26.  Müesler VI, 73var. SNG von Aulock_. BMC_.   Very rare and the finest known example of a drachm for this ruler.
 
Provenance/Pedigree:
 
Ex: Frank Sternberg, Zurich, Auction 27, 1994, lot 8 and from Frank Sternberg's pesonal collection.
 
 
This Dynast is unknown with the exception of his coinage. This is one of several Persian rulers who were in control of lands in Lykia and Cilicia  who issued coins with their portraits.  Normally portraiture in Greek art and coinage does not begin until the time of Alexander, c.330 B.C.   So, these early Persian satrapal issues are among the first portraits of living rulers on Greek coinage.  The fact that we have inscriptions with names associated with these Persian heads leaves no doubt that they are intended to represent the living ruler. 

 

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about Extremely Fine $10,000.00
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Pamphylia, Side

AR Stater, 10.64g.  23mm.  c.370-350 B.C.  Helmeted Athena Parthenos standing to left holding nike, spear, and shield emblzoned with the head of Medussa; pomegrante in field to left.  Rev. Apollo standing to left holding scepter and laurel branch and sacrificing over altar; raven at feet.   SNG France 648. Atlan, Side 118. Lovely iridescent toning and of exceptional quality and completeness for the type.

Pedigree/Provenance:

Ex: Künker, Osnabruck, Auction 174, 2010, lot 398
Ex: Peus, Frankfurt, Auction 403, 2011, lot 126.

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Extremely Fine $5,500.00
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Pamphylia, Side

AR Drachm, 4.21g. 18.5mm. 3rd-2nd centuries B.C. Head of Athena to right wearing crested helmet.  Rev. Nike walking to left holding wreath; pomegranate in field to left.  Seyrig, Side 5.  SNG BN 721ff; faint scratches in upper left reverse field.  Magnificent obverse style in high relief and very rare in this quality.  Lightly toned.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex: CNG, Auction 117, May 19-20, 2021, lot 246.

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Extremely Fine/about Extremely Fine $4,350.00
Cappadocian Kings, Arirobarzanes I, 96-63 B.C.

AR Drachm, 3.70g. 17mm. Dated year 13=83/82 B.C. Diademed head of Ariobarzanes to right. Rev. Athena standing to left holding nike, palm branch, and helmet. Simonetta 20. Magnificent realistic portrait in high relief; fine old cabinet toning.

Provenance/Pedigrees: 

Ex:  InAsta, San Marino, Auction 80, March 23, 2019, lot 32

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Extremely Fine $1,700.00
Seleukid Kings, Seleukos VI with head of Ant. VIII

AR Tetradrachm, 15.13g. 28.5mm. c.96-94 B.C. Seleukia ad Kalykadnum mint. Diademed head of King to right. Rev. Athena standing to left holding spear, shield, and wreath bearing nike. There is an uncertain plant to the left which E. Levante has suggested may be reeds that grow on the banks of the Calycadnus river(see: Houghton, Kraay/Morkholm Essays, p. 81). SC II, 2404.9. SNG Spaer 2782, but obverse die of 2779. Toned and with some light crystallization. Rare

The portrait is that of Antiochos VIII with his distinctive curly hair arrangement and long nose. The die was probably re-used from a Cilician issue of Antiochos VIII. There is not an extant die match with an Antiochos VIII issue, but the portrait style is clear. See: Houghton: SC II, p. 556.

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: NAC, Zurich, Auction 54, March 24, 2010, lot 136.

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Extremely Fine $2,750.00
Mysia, Pergamum
AE 16, 2.97g. Time of Trajan, 98-117 A.D. Helmeted head of Athena to right. Rv. Nude youth standing holding uncertain object in left hand and raising right hand. SNG COP 448. Light brown and red patina with some light corrosion. See more detailed image
Extremely Fine/Very Fine $175.00
Troas, Ilium(Troy), Lucius Verus, 161-169 A.D.

AE 18, 5.07g. Bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust of Verus to right. Rev. Athena Ilias standing to right; she holds spear in her right hand and spindle in her left hand; shield at her feet. Bellinger T 156. BMC 58. Dark brown patina. Rare

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Italo Vecchi, London, Auction 7, October 27, 1997, lot 1339 with original ticket.

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good Very Fine/about Extremely Fine $750.00
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Troas, Ilium(Troy), Commodus, Caesar, 174-180 A.D.

AE 26, 8.22g. Draped bust of Commodus to right.  Rev. Bust of Athena to right wearing aegis and crested helmet. RPC online, IV.2, 3138.  SNG COP 407. Bellinger_ .  Dark brown and green patina.   Rare and probably the finest known example; RPC only lists 2 examples, both in museum collections.

Provenance/Pedigree:
Ex:Gorny and Mosch, Munich, Auction 186, March 8, 2010, lot 1588.

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Extremely Fine $2,500.00
Pamphylia, Side, Macrinus, 217-218 A.D.

AE 34, 23.20g, Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Macrinus to right. Rev. Athena hurling spear to right with aegis draped over her arm. SNG von Aulock 4821(dies). SNG France_. Light green and brown patina with some encrustation. Rare as are most large module provincial bronzes for Macrinus

Provenance/Pedigrees: 

Ex: Leu, Zurich, Web Auction 7, February 23, 2019, lot 757

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Very Fine $1,500.00
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Pamphylia, Side, Valerian I, 253-260 A.D.

AE 31, 14.34g. Alliance with Alexandria. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Valerian to right.  Rev. Athena of Side standing to right and holding a spear facing Isis of Alexandria who holds a situla; they clasp sistrum between them.  SNG France 876= Inv. Waddington 3481. Peter Weiss, "Auxe Perge", in Chiron 21, 1991, no. 372   Very rare alliance issue and with a green patina.

Provenance/Pedigree:

Ex: Peter Weiss, Kiel, Germany ( collected, 1967-2015)

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about Extremely Fine/good Very Fine $1,500.00
Cilicia, Anemurium, Diadumenian, 218 A.D.

AE 19, 3.31g. Dated year 2 of Macrinus=218 A.D. Bare head of Diadumenian to right. Rev. Helmeted bust of Athena to right. SNG Levante Supplement 116(dies). SNG Paris_. Ziegler_. Dark green and brown patina.

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Aufhäuser, Munich, Aution 7, October 9, 1990, lot 557.
Ex: P. Vogl collection, Munich

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Very Fine $600.00
Cilicia, Seleukia Ad Kalykadnum, Gallienus

AE 26, 7.77g. 253-268 A.D. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Gallienus to right. Rev. Draped bust of Athena to left wearing crested helmet. SNG BN 1068. Green patina

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Münzen & Medaillen Deutschland, Stuttgart, Auction 30, May 28, 2009, Lot 1168.

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good Very Fine $240.00
Cilicia, Kolybrassos, Valerian II, 256-258 A.D.

AE 29, 11.96g. Draped bust of Valerian to right; eagle with spread wings below. Rev. Athena within tetrastyle temple. SNG Levante 349. Ziegler_. Dark gray patina with some metal flaws.

Provenance/Pedigrees

Ex: Athena, Munich, Auction 3, May 15, 1990, lot 505
Ex: Dr. P. Vogl collection

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Very Fine $350.00
Galatia, Ancyra, Caracalla, 198-217 A.D.

AE 29, 15.45g. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Caracalla to right. Rev. Helmeted Athena standing to right holding scepter and nike. SNG Paris 2493 var(bust type). SNG von Aulock 6168 var(bust type). BMC_. Hairline flan crack at 8:00 obv. Dark green and brown patina.

Provenance/Pedigrees: 

Ex: Leu Numismatik, Zurich, Web Auction 7, February 23, 2019, lot 880

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good Very Fine $1,350.00

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