obolos 12
31 March 2018
Webauction
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 21 mm, 4.20 g, 9 h), first series. Diademed head of Arsames I to right, wearing bashlyk with beaded edges. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Arsames on horseback to right holding spear against two attacking soldiers; beneath the horse fallen enemy soldier. ACV 3. CAA 2. Kovacs 1 (same dies). Very rare; brown patina and fine bust of Arsames. Some corrosion on the reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 160 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 3.21 g, 12 h), first series. Diademed and draped bust of Arsames I to right, wearing bashlyk with beaded edges. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Arsames on horseback to right holding spear against two attacking soldiers; beneath his horse, fallen enemy soldier . ACV 3. CAA 2. Kovacs 1. Struck on a broad flan. Nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 190 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Very rare variety with the small head of Arsames
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 3.38 g, 12 h), first series. Smaller diademed head of Arsames I to right, wearing bashlyk with beaded edges. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Arsames on horseback to right holding spear against two attacking soldiers; beneath the horse fallen enemy soldier. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 1.1. Extremely rare; fine dark brown patina with particularly appealing details for the series. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Starting Price: 150 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 16 mm, 6.17 g, 11 h), first series. Diademed head of Arsames I to right, wearing bashlyk with beaded edges. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Arsames on horseback to right, preparing to cast spear at leaping lion to right. ACV 2. CAA 2. Kovacs 2 (same dies). Fine dark patina. Struck on a tight flan, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 160 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17.5 mm, 3.75 g, 12 h), first series. Diademed head of Arsames I to right, wearing bashlyk with beaded edges. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Head of a horse to right. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 3 (this obverse die). Rare. Dark brown patina with particularly pleasant details for issue. Traces of overstriking on reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Unpublished variety
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 16 mm, 1.26 g, 10 h), first series. Diademed and draped Bust of Arsames I to left, wearing bashlyk with beaded edges. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Head of a horse to right. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 3 var (head to right and possibly denomination). Very rare. Good fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Unpublished die link; Extremely rare
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 3.55 g, 11 h), first series. Diademed and draped bust of Arsames I to left, wearing bashlyk with beaded edges. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Head of a horse to right. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 3 var ( this reverse die but head to right ). Extremely rare. Apparently unpublished and with a most interesting die link with Kovacs 3. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Starting Price: 150 CHF
Unpublished in standard references and with an interesting die-cutting mistake
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17.5 mm, 3.22 g), first series. Diademed head of Arsames I to left, wearing bashlyk with beaded edges. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑ[ΜΟΥ] Club. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs - (but shares the same obverse die as lot 7 which is a variation to Kovacs 3). Extremely important and totally unpublished. Carefully doublestruck reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Starting Price: 200 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 16 mm, 3.63 g, 12 h), second series. Diademed and draped head of Arsames to right, wearing cylindrical tiara. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Eagle standing right on thunderbolt. ACV 8. Alram 172. CSC 7. Kovacs 5. Interesting study example which shares the same obverse die with Kovacs no 6. Green patina, clear details. Usual die break on obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 120 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19.5 mm, 5.69 g, 11 h), second series. Diademed and draped head of Arsames to right, wearing cylindrical tiara. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Eagle standing right on thunderbolt. ACV 8. Alram 172. CSC 7. Kovacs 5 (this obverse die). Well centered, dark patina. Some scratches from cleaning, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 150 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 14 mm, 3.89 g, 1 h), second series. Diademed and draped bust of Arsames to right, wearing cylindrical tiara. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Piloi of the Dioskouroi surmounted by stars. ACV 9. Alram 173. CSC 8. Kovacs 6 (this obverse die). A well struck and clear example with pleasant details. Reverse struck slightly off center, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Rare with Piloi surmounted by crosses
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 15 mm, 2.09 g, 1 h), second series. Diademed and draped bust of Arsames to right, wearing cylindrical tiara. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Piloi of the Dioskouroi surmounted by stars in the form of crosses. ACV -. CSC -. Kovacs 6.1. A well struck and clear example with pleasant details. A rare variety. About very fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 4.53 g, 12 h), third series. Diademed and draped bust of Arsames to right, wearing cylindrical tiara decorated with jewels. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Herakles standing facing, holding club. ACV 7. Alram 171. CSC 6. Kovacs 7 (this obverse die). Well centered. Obverse struck from a worn as usual die, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 180 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 4.96 g, 2 h), third series. Diademed and draped bust of Arsames to right, wearing cylindrical tiara decorated with jewels. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Herakles standing facing, holding club. ACV 7. Alram 171. CSC 6. Kovacs 7 (this obverse die). With a fine deep green-brown patina and pleasant details for the type. Slightly porous surfaces, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 180 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 3.53 g, 10 h), third series. Diademed and draped bust of Arsames to left, wearing cylindrical tiara decorated with jewels. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Eagle standing right on thunderbolt. ACV 16. CAA -. Kovacs 8 (same dies). Well centered, with fine details and a lovely brown patina. Some deposits, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 120 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 3.29 g, 11 h), third series. Diademed and draped bust of Arsames to left, wearing cylindrical tiara decorated with jewels. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Eagle standing right on thunderbolt. ACV 16. CAA -. Kovacs 8 (same dies). Deep green-brown patina with some light green highlights. Obverse weakly struck as usual, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 3.33 g, 11 h), third series. Diademed and draped bust of Arsames to left, wearing cylindrical tiara decorated with jewels. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Piloi of the Dioskouroi surmounted by stars. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 9. Rare. Obverse struck from a worn as usual die and modern scratch on the edge at 7h, otherwise, good fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Unpublished before 2016
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 13.5 mm, 2.20 g, 7 h), third series. Diademed and draped bust of Arsames to left, wearing cylindrical tiara decorated with jewels. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Horse head to right. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 10 (these dies). Extremely rare coin, unpublished before 2016. Glossy brown surfaces. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Unique!
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Uncertain ruler, 3rd-2nd centuries BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 21 mm, 6.81 g, 12 h). Head of Armenian king to right, wearing bashlyk. Rev. Bust of Arsacid ruler (?) to right, wearing bashlyk. Apparently unpublished and unique. Extremely rare and academically important coin. Good fine.
Hammer Price: 250 CHF
Starting Price: 125 CHF
Missing from most collections
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Morphilig, Circa 150 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 15 mm, 1.42 g, 7 h). Diademed head of Morphilig to right, wearing pot-shaped tiara flanked by star to left and small crescent to right. Rev. MOΛΦIOC Uncertain figure (Anahit?) standing left, holding filleted wreath; monogram to left. ACV -. CSC -. Kovacs - Cf. CNG 85 (2010) for an example of the same obverse die. An extreme rarity in the series of the kingdom of Sophene. Missing from almost every serious collection of the area; dark green patina. Obverse slightly off center, otherwise, good fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Starting Price: 500 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arkathias I, after 150 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 3.41 g, 1 h), Arkathiokerta (?). Diademed bust of Arkathias I to right, wearing bashlyk. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ APKAΘIOY Nike standing right, holding wreath in her right hand; countermark of Aramaic p at left field. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 22. Kovacs 28 for countermark. Very rare. Good fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Starting Price: 150 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arkathias I, after circa 150 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 14.5 mm, 2.02 g, 1 h), Arkathiokerta (?). Bearded and diademed head of Arkathias I to left, wearing bashlyk. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ APKAΘIOY Nike standing to right, holding wreath in her right extended hand. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 23 (this obverse die). Struck from fresh dies; with an appealing dark patina, a splendid portrait and an extremely good condition for the type. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 240 CHF
Starting Price: 125 CHF
Very scarce Mithradates I chalcous
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates I, 2nd half of 2nd century BC. Chalcous (Bronze, 12 mm, 1.64 g, 12 h), Arkathiokerta (?). Diademed head of Mithradates I to left, wearing bashlyk. Rev. Circular legend ΒΑCΙΛΕωC MIΘPAΔATO. ACV 192. CAA -. Kovacs 27. Well centered; very rare. Good fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Starting Price: 150 CHF
Another great rarity of Mithradates I of Sophene
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates I, 2nd half of 2nd century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 10.5 mm, 0.83 g, 5 h). Diademed head of Mithradates I to left, wearing bashlyk tied with diadem. Rev. Lion walking slowly to left. ACV -. Kovacs 28. A great rarity in the Sophene series and completely unpublished prior to Kovacs in 2016. About very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Starting Price: 250 CHF
New type and denomination for Mithradates?
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates I, 2nd half of 2nd century BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 16.5 mm, 4.29 g, 9 h), Arkathiokerta(?). Diademed head of Mithradates I to left, wearing bashlyk. Rev. Lion running to right. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs - (but cf. 28 for a different denomination). Apparently unpublished in the standard references. Extremely rare, possibly unique; struck on a broad flan. Reverse weakly struck or incomplete die, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Starting Price: 200 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates I, 2nd half of 2nd century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 12 mm, 1.94 g, 2 h). Diademed head of Mithradates I to left, wearing bashlyk. Rev. Bashlyk. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 29. Very rare, Kovacs in 2016 records only one example. Some uncleaned deposits on the obverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates I, 2nd half of 2nd century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 11 mm, 1.49 g, 12 h). Diademed head of Mithradates I to left, wearing bashlyk (?). Rev. Bashlyk. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 29 but with significant variations in style. Overstruck and possibly countermarked on obverse, otherwise, nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 160 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Unicum Mithradates I of Sophene
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates I, 2nd half of 2nd century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 10.5 mm, 1.75 g, 5 h). Diademed head of Mithradates I to left, wearing bashlyk tied with diadem. Rev. Nike to left. Apparently unpublished. This enigmatic issue has many similarities with the bronze chalkoi of Mithradates I (Kovacs 27-30) thus we listed it under his name. Only examples in better condition will prove or disprove this hypothesis. Of extreme rarity. Fine.
Hammer Price: 160 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arkathias II, ca. 93/90-90/89 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 6.33 g, 11 h), Arkathiokerta (?). Diademed head of Arkathias II to right, wearing bashlyk. Rev. BACI APKA (retrograde) Nike standing to left, holding wreath with her extended right hand and palm. ACV -. CSC -. Kovacs 31 (this obverse die). Extremely rare. Completely unpublished prior to Kovacs in 2016. Obverse struck off center, otherwise, nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Starting Price: 120 CHF
Unknown countermark
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates II Philopator, ca. 89 - after 85 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 4.46 g, 11 h), Arkathiokerta(?). Diademed head of Mithradates to right (or more likely his brother Arkathias II) wearing bashlyk; MΘ countermark behind head. Rev. BA[..] MΘΡΑ around club. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 34 var. (legend) but this obverse die. Unpublished countermark in Kovacs but cf. no 22-23. Dark green-brown patina; extremely rare type and apparently unpublished prior to Kovacs in 2016. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 80 CHF
Starting Price: 70 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates II Philopator, ca. 89 - after 85 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 3.26 g, 11 h), Arkathiokerta (?). Diademed head of Mithradates to right (or more likely his brother Arkathias II) wearing bashlyk; horse countermark punched against his neck. Rev. BA M-IΘΡ around club. ACV -. CSC -. Kovacs 34. for c/m Kovacs 11. Dark brown patina; extremely rare type and apparently unpublished prior to Kovacs in 2016, and not recorded countermark for this type. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates II Philopator, ca. 89 - after 85 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 3.21 g, 6 h), Arkathiokerta (?). Diademed head of Mithradates to left, wearing bashlyk. Rev. BAΣI MIΘ around club; MIΘ countermark on the right field. ACV -. CSC -. Kovacs 35 this obverse die. for c/m Kovacs 22. Dark green-brown patina; extremely rare type and apparently unpublished prior to Kovacs in 2016; interesting variation in the inscription with the use of the Σ instead of C. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates II Philopator, ca. 89 - after 85 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 4.24 g, 6 h), Arkathiokerta (?). Diademed head of Mithradates to left, wearing bashlyk. Rev. BACI MIΘ (retrograde) around club. ACV -. CSC -. Kovacs 35 this obverse die. Dark green glossy patina; extremely rare type and apparently unpublished prior to Kovacs in 2016. Obverse slightly off center, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates II Philopator, ca. 89 - after 85 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 5.51 g, 12 h), Arkathiokerta (?). Diademed head of Mithradates II to left wearing bashlyk; countermark of a horse head to right, punched against his neck. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ MIΘPAΔATOY ΦIΛOΠ club within wreath; MIΘ countermark below. ACV 193-194. Alram 248. Kovacs 36. for c/m Kovacs 11 (obverse) and 22 (reverse). Fine details for type and a solid dark brown patina and clear fields; in an unusually good condition for type. Some deposits, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Bold portrait of Mithradates II Philopator
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates II Philopator, ca. 89 - after 85 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 5.07 g, 11 h), Arkathiokerta (?). Diademed head of Mithradates II to left wearing bashlyk; faint countermark behind head. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ MIΘPAΔATOY ΦIΛOΠ club within wreath. ACV 193-194. Alram 248. Kovacs 36; for c/m Kovacs 28. Fine details for type and a solid dark brown patina and clear fields; in an unusually good condition for type. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Unattested countermark for type
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates II Philopator, ca. 89 - after 85 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 16 mm, 5.14 g, 12 h), Arkathiokerta (?). Diademed head of Mithradates II to left wearing bashlyk; MIΘ countermark behind head. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ MIΘPAΔATOY ΦIΛOΠ club within wreath. ACV 193-194. Alram 248. Kovacs 36; for c/m Kovacs 22. Well struck and clear with a dark green patina and pleasant details; unattested countermark for type. Reverse struck slightly off centre, otherwise, nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Rare, especially in this condition
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Artaxias I, 190-160 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 13 mm, 2.33 g, 3 h), second series with Greek inscriptions. Diademed head of Artaxias I to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star. Rev. [BA]ΣΙΛΕΩΣ - APTAΞEPΞOY Cornucopia tied with a fillet; to outer right, [CA]; to outer left, XP. Kovacs 46. Vardaryan 89,1 (As Artaxias II). A very rare late chalkous, with brown surfaces and unusually complete legends. Obverse struck from a slightly worn – as usual – die, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Starting Price: 200 CHF
Interesting posthumous issue of Tigranes I
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes I, 121-96 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 3.98 g, 1 h), struck post-mortem in Artaxata, under Tigranes II 'the Great', after 96. Diademed head of the deified Tigranes I to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star. Rev. BAΣΙΛEΩΣ MEΓ[AΛOY TI]ΓPANOY ΘEOY Elephant standing to left. ACV 145-146. CAA 143. Kovacs 54 (this obverse die). A very rare issue of Tigranes the Great, honouring his deceased father. Some uncleaned deposits, otherwise, about very fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Starting Price: 150 CHF
The better of only two available examples
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 20.5 mm, 6.94 g, 12 h), period I, Artaxata mint, c. 96-80. Diademed head of Tigranes I wearing Armenian tiara. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ Tigranes in biga charging to left. ACV 136. Alram 212. CAA 141. Kovacs 61. Extremely rare; the better of the two available examples. Some rough areas on the reverse, otherwise, nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Starting Price: 800 CHF
Very scarce type in the Tigranes series
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 4.06 g, 3 h), period I, Artaxata mint, c. 96-80. Diademed head of Tigranes II to right, wearing Armenian tiara. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ [ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ] Tigranes riding to left, ready to throw spear. ACV 148 corr. CAA -. Kovacs 62. Extremely rare type. Some roughness, otherwise, about very fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Starting Price: 500 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 3.82 g, 12 h), period I, Nisibis mint, year 6 = 91/90 BC. Diademed head of Tigranes II to left, wearing four-pointed tiara decorated with a star (faintly visible); countermark of APK behind his neck. Rev. BACΙΛEΩC MEΓAΛOY TIΓPANOY Tree flanked by the date, I-ς. ACV 26. CAA 3. Kovacs 64. for c/m Kovacs 18. Well centered, with a fine reverse and an interesting countermark. Obverse somewhat weakly struck, usual for the Nisibis mint, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: No Bids
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Rarely seen without countermark
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 16.5 mm, 3.35 g, 12 h), period I, Nisibis mint, year 6 = 91/90 BC. Diademed head of Tigranes II to left, wearing four-pointed tiara decorated with a star (faintly visible). Rev. BACΙΛEΩC MEΓAΛOY TIΓPANOY Tree flanked by the date, I-ς. ACV 26. CAA 3. Kovacs 64. Extremely rare without a countermark. Weakly struck, usual for the Nisibis mint, otherwise, about very fine.
Hammer Price: 55 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 4.51 g, 11 h), period I, Nisibis mint, c. 90-80. Diademed head of Tigranes II to left, wearing four-pointed tiara decorated with a star (faintly visible). Rev. BAΣΙΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY TIΓPANOY ΦΙΛΕΛΛHNOC Zeus seated to left, holding wreath in his right hand and long scepter with his left; Λ to inner left. ACV 22. Bedoukian, Artaxiads 4. Kovacs 65 (same dies). Rare, well centered with a fine brown-green patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Starting Price: 300 CHF
Among the best known
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 4.92 g, 11 h), period I, Nisibis mint, c. 90-80. Diademed head of Tigranes II to left, wearing four-pointed tiara decorated with a star. Rev. BAΣΙΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY TIΓPA-NOY ΦΙΛΕΛΛHNOC Tigranes II standing facing, head to right and wearing tall tiara, holding long scepter with his right hand and eagle in his left. ACV 20. CAA 5. Kovacs 66 (same dies). Brown surfaces, clear fields; one of the best available examples of this type. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 100 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Unpublished new variety
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 96-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 5.06 g, 12 h), period I, Nisibis, c. 90-80. Diademed head of Tigranes II to left, wearing four-pointed tiara decorated with a star. Rev. BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ MEΓAΛOY ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ ΦIΛEΛΛHNOΣ Nike standing right, holding palm in her right extended hand; M-A monograms above Nike's head an right. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 67 var (monograms on the fields). Dark green patina; around three examples are known from this scarce variation. Some uncleaned deposits, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Among the best available examples
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 96-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 5.32 g, 12 h), period I, Nisibis, c. 90-80. Diademed head of Tigranes II to left, wearing four-pointed tiara decorated with a star. Rev. BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ MEΓAΛOY ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ ΦIΛEΛΛHNOΣ Nike standing right, holding palm in her right extended hand; A-A monograms below Nike's extended hand. ACV 24 (Tigranes I). CAA -. Kovacs 68. Dark green-brown patina; well centered on a particularly large flan; excellent details for type. Among the best available examples. Edge splits, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 95 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Unpublished new variety
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 4.33 g, 11 h), period I, Nisibis mint, c. 80. Diademed head of Tigranes II to left, wearing four-pointed tiara decorated with a star. Rev. [BAΣΙΛΕΩC] BACΙΛΕΩN MEΓAΛOY ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ ΦIΛEΛΛHNOC Nike standing right, holding palm in her right extended hand; A monograms in inner left. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 67-68 var (reverse inscription, but probably same obverse die as 65). A very rare and unpublished variety with the addition of the title "King of the kings" to the name of Tigranes. A very important late issue of Nisibis. Some roughness, otherwise, good fine.
Hammer Price: 80 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
With an impressive portrait
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 14.27 g, 12 h), Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes to right, wearing tiara decorated with star between two eagles. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ Tyche of Tigranokerta seated right on rock, holding laurel branch in extended right hand; below, river-god Orontes swimming to right; on rock, cruciform monogram; in field to right, Φ; all within wreath. CAA 20. SCADA Group 4. Kovacs 71.1. Well centered. Slightly rough as usual, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Starting Price: 600 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 15.03 g, 12 h), Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes to right, wearing tiara decorated with star between two eagles. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ Tyche of Tigranokerta seated right on rock, holding laurel branch in extended right hand; below, river-god Araxes swimming to right; on rock, cruciform monogram; in field to right, Φ; all within wreath. CAA 20. SCADA Group 3. Kovacs 71.2. Well centered. Slightly rough as usual, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
Starting Price: 600 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 21.5 mm, 6.04 g, 12 h), first series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. [BAΣIΛEΩΣ] BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Tyche of Tigranocerta seated right on rock, holding laurel branch in extended right hand; below, river-god Araxes swimming to right. ACV 52, 57-60. Kovacs 77. Fresh brown surfaces. Overstruck as usual, edge split and obverse slightly off center, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 90 CHF
Starting Price: 70 CHF
Rare denomination
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Half chalkous (Bronze, 13 mm, 1.39 g, 12 h), first series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Grain ear. ACV 100. CAA 107. Kovacs 80 (same dies). Scarse. With a particularly clear reverse. Stripped patina, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 60 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Bold portrait
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 21.5 mm, 6.80 g, 12 h), second series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Tyche of Tigranocerta seated right on rock, holding laurel branch in extended right hand; below, river-god Araxes swimming to right; to inner right, TP above A monogram. ACV 48. Kovacs 81. YTN 64. With a lovely dark green glossy patina and a clear portrait of Tigranes. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 15.5 mm, 3.58 g, 12 h), second series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Herakles standing facing, head to left, setting club on the ground with his right hand; lion's skin draped over his left arm; to inner left, TP monogram and to upper right A monogram. Kovacs 81. YTN 124. Some uncleaned deposits, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 75 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 15 mm, 2.11 g, 12 h), second series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Cornucopia filled with fruits and bound with fillet; below, TP and A monograms. CAA 104. Kovacs 83. YTN 160. Struck on a broad flan. Stripped patina, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 85 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Half chalkous (Bronze, 13 mm, 1.39 g, 12 h), second series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Grain ear; TP above A monograms on the right field. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 84 (this obverse die). A pleasant example. Obverse slightly off center, and patina stripped, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 90 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 20.5 mm, 5.42 g, 12 h), third series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Tyche of Tigranocerta seated right on rock, holding laurel branch in extended right hand; below, river-god Araxes swimming to right; to A and ΔΗ monograms across the fields. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 85. Green patina and with a fine portrait of Tigranes. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 75 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 15.5 mm, 3.58 g, 12 h), third series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Herakles standing facing, head to left, setting club on the ground with his right hand; lion's skin draped over his left arm; A and ΔΗ monograms across the fields. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 86. A little rough as usual, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 70 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19.5 mm, 5.51 g, 12 h), third series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Herakles standing facing, head to left, setting club on the ground with his right hand; lion's skin draped over his left arm; to A and ΔΗ monograms across the fields. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 86. Struck on an unusually broad and heavy flan. Edge split, otherwise, very fine.
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Starting Price: 120 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 15 mm, 2.11 g, 12 h), third series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Cornucopia filled with fruits and bound with fillet; A and ΔΗ monograms across the fields. ACV 96. Kovacs 87 (this obverse die). Struck on a broad flan, with a spectacular reverse. Minor rough areas on the obverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 75 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Half chalkous (Bronze, 13 mm, 1.98 g, 1 h), fourth series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Grain ear; A and ΔΗ monograms across the lower part of the fields. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 88 (these dies). YTN 181. A wonderful little coin. Well struck and clear with brown surfaces and appealing style. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 17 mm, 3.10 g, 11 h), fourth series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Cornucopia filled with fruits and bound with fillet; ΔΗ monogram below. ACV 98. CAA -. Kovacs 91. Brown surfaces; struck on a particularly broad flan. Obverse struck slightly off center, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 95 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Unusually heavy for denomination
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 15.5 mm, 4.16 g, 12 h), fourth series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Cornucopia filled with fruits and bound with fillet; ΔΗ monogram below. ACV 98. CAA -. Kovacs 91. Green patina with earthen highlights; thick and unusually heavy flan for a Chalkous. Slightly off centered obverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Half chalkous (Bronze, 11.5 mm, 1.81 g, 1 h), fourth series, Tigranokerta, c. 80-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ BAΣIΛEΩN TIΓPANOY Grain ear; ΔΗ monogram below. ACV 103, 106. CAA -. Kovacs 92. Dark brown surfaces and appealing style. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 70 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 15.5 mm, 3.47 g, 12 h), sixth series, Tigranokerta, c. 70-69. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY / ΔH-MO Tripod. ACV 112. CAA -. Kovacs 96. YTN 202. Green patina with earthen highlights. Uncleaned deposits and scratch from cleaning, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 85 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 15.5 mm, 3.47 g, 12 h), sixth series, Tigranokerta, c. 70-69. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY / ΔH-MO Tripod. ACV 112. CAA -. Kovacs 96. YTN 202. Green patina with earthen highlights. Reverse struck slightly off center, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 90 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
A very important "mule" coin
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Half chalkous (Bronze, 11 mm, 1.34 g, 12 h), sixth series, Tigranokerta, c. 70-69. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY / ΔH-MO Horse grazing to right. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 97 (this obverse die). YTN 213. Struck slightly off center, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Clear and artistic portrait
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 21.5 mm, 6.60 g, 11 h), seventh series, Artaxata, regnal year KH (28) = 69-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left, holding wreath with her extended right hand; to outer left HK above ΞEP monogram. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 98. Very rare; With an exceptional and artistic bust. Slightly off-centered and possibly overstruck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Starting Price: 250 CHF
Rare in this condition
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 3.50 g, 11 h), seventh series, Artaxata, regnal year KH (28) = 69-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Palm branch; below HK and ΞEP monogram. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 99. Rarely seen in such condition; lovely surfaces. Possibly overstruck, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Unpublished prior to Kovacs in 2016
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 16.5 mm, 2.36 g, 12 h), seventh series, Artaxata, year KH (28) = 69-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Club; below and to the right field, HK and ΞEP monogram. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 100. Unpublished prior to Kovacs in 2016; an extremely rare coin struck on an unusually broad, for the denomination, flan. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Starting Price: 200 CHF
Clear regnal year
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 15.5 mm, 2.91 g, 12 h), Pompeian Reorganisation, Artaxata, regnal year ΛΓ (33) = 64-63. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles; X countermark in square punch behind neck. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left, holding wreath with her extended right hand; to outer left ΛΓ (date). ACV 79, 85. CAA -. Kovacs 109. for c/m Kovacs 27. With a clear regnal year. Stripped patina, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 55 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 14 mm, 3.20 g, 1 h), Pompeian Reorganisation, Artaxata, 64-56. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left, holding wreath with her extended right hand; to outer left (uncertain date). Kovacs 109-114 passim. Obverse off center, otherwise, about very fine.
Hammer Price: 55 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 14 mm, 3.20 g, 1 h), Pompeian Reorganisation, Artaxata, regnal year ΛΓ (33) = 64-63. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Cypress tree or palm branch; to outer left ΓΛ (date). ACV 105. CAA -. Kovacs 115. Sharply struck; beautiful coin, well preserved for issue. Obverse slightly off center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19.5 mm, 4.27 g, 12 h), Tigranokerta, 77/6-72 BC. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Tyche standing left, holding rudder set on ground and cornucopia. ACV 63. CAA -. Kovacs 130 (this obverse die). Very rare; with a fine portrait of the son of the Tigranes the Great. Struck from a slightly worn reverse die, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Unpublished variety with the portrait of Tigranes the Younger
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 14.5 mm, 2.34 g, 12 h), first series, Tigranokerta, 77/6-72 BC. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY [ΔHMO] around tripod. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 131 var. Cf. 96 for similar reverse die. An interesting variation of a very rare type; sharp surfaces. Some corrosion on the fields, otherwise, nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18.5 mm, 4.63 g, 1 h), fourth series, Tigranokerta, 69-68 BC. Diademed head of Tigranes the Younger to right wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with a comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY ΔHMO Palm. ACV 110 -. CAA -. Kovacs 144. A fine example covered by a pleasant dark green patina. Obverse slightly off center, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 20 mm, 4.99 g, 1 h), fifth series, Tigranokerta, year 7 = 70/69 - 69/68 BC. Diademed head of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with a comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left, holding wreath with her extended right hand; to outer field, Z in the form of Σ. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 145. Rare; brown patina. Some roughness usual for the series, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: No Bids
Starting Price: 100 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 3.89 g, 11 h), fifth series, Tigranocerta, year 7 (Z) = 70-69. Diademed head of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with a comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Filleted palm branch; below, ΔH-MO; to immer left, Z (date). ACV 108. CAA -. Kovacs 146. Brown surfaces. Overstruck and stripped patina, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 70 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Very rare variety
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 4.55 g, 12 h), sixth series, Artaxata, year 8 (Η) = 69-68. Diademed head of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with a comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Palm branch; below ΞEP monogram and H (date). ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 151. A very rare coin unpublished prior to Kovacs's work in 2016. Almost untouched green surfaces. Some earthen deposits, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 100 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Spectacular portrait of Tigranes the Younger
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 19.5 mm, 4.98 g, 11 h), Tigranokerta(?) or Artagigarta, 66-65 BC. Diademed head of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with a comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY ΔHMO Nike advancing to left, holding wreath with her extender right hand. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 155 (this obverse die). Pleasant example with attractive olive green patina and a bold portrait. Usual die fault on reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Unpublished new type
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 16 mm, 4.98 g, 1 h), uncertain mint possibly Artaxata, 74-71/70 BC. Head of Tigranes the Younger to right wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with a comet and jeweled diadem. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Palm branch tied with fillet. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs - cf. 158 for similar style of the portrait. Unpublished in all major references; well centered with lovely dark glossy patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Starting Price: 200 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 16 mm, 4.76 g, 12 h), seventh series, Tigranokerta (?) or Artagigarta, 66-65. Diademed head of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with a comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY [ΔHMO] Palm branch tied with fillet. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 156. Brown patina. Some roughness, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 80 CHF
Starting Price: 70 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 5.32 g, 12 h), uncertain mint possibly Artaxata, 74-71/70 BC. Head of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing jeweled five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with a comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left, holding wreath with her extended right hand. ACV 81. CAA 115. Kovacs 158 (but different dies). Well centered, particularly attractive example and very rare. Nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Starting Price: 150 CHF
Rare contemporary imitation
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 4.01 g, 11 h), contemporary imitation. Diademed head of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with a comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left, holding wreath with her extended right hand. Kovacs -. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Unpublished and unknown
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 15 mm, 5.08 g, 11 h). Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY BAΣIΛEΩN Palm branch. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs -. An unusual and enigmatic coin, completely unpublished and unknown. Some rough areas, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Artavasdes II, 56-34 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 21 mm, 4.99 g, 6 h), Artaxata, undated but c. 35-34. Diademed and draped bust of Artavasdes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star and eagles; behind his neck, A. Rev. [BACIΛEΩC - ΒΑCΙΛΕΩN / APTAYZΔOY] Nike standing left, holding wreath in her extended right hand. ACV 127-130. CAA 132-134. Kovacs 167. With a bold portrait. Rough reverse and possibly overstruck, otherwise, good fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Rare dichalkon of Artavasdes II
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Artavasdes II, 56-34 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 4.71 g, 12 h), Artaxata, undated but c. 35-34. Diademed and draped bust of Artavasdes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star and eagles; A behind his neck. Rev. BACIΛEΩC - ΒΑCΙΛΕΩN / APTAYAZΔOY Cypress tree. ACV 132. CAA 135. Kovacs 168. A very rare dichalkon of Artavasdes II. Edge split from overstruck and rough as usual, otherwise, good fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes III, 20-8 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 16 mm, 3.47 g, 12 h), Artaxata. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes III to right, wearing four-pointed tiara decorated with a star; A behind his neck. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left, with extended right hand. ACV 89. Kovacs 172.1. With a lovely portrait of Tigranes III. Stripped patina, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes III, 20-8 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 16.5 mm, 3.48 g, 11 h), Artaxata. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes III to right, wearing three-pointed tiara decorated with a star; A behind his neck. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left, with extended right hand. ACV 90. Kovacs 172.2. With a clear portrait. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 101 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes IV, second reign, with Erato, 2 BC-AD 1. Oktachalkon (Bronze, 24 mm, 10.69 g, 1 h), struck under Augustus, Artaxata. [BACIΛEYC MEΓΑC ΝΕΟC TIΓΡANHC] Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes IV to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star. Rev. [KAICAP ΘΕΟC ΘΕΟΥ YIOC CEBACTOC] Head of Augustus to left. ACV 184. CAA 167. Kovacs 178. RPC 3841. Very rare. Defaced on purpose (?). Very rough surfaces and many cleaning marks, otherwise, fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Starting Price: 200 CHF
Tigranes IV with Erato
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes IV, second reign, with Erato, 2 BC-AD 1. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 22 mm, 7.28 g, 12 h), struck under Augustus, Artaxata. [BACIΛEYC MEΓΑC ΝΕΟC TIΓΡANHC] Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star. Rev. [EPATΩ BACIΛΕΩC TIΓPANOY AΔΕΛΦH] Diademed and draped bust of Erato to left. ACV 182-183. CAA 165-166. Kovacs 179. RPC 3842. Extremely rare and important example. Rough surfaces and circulated for almost a century, otherwise, good fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Starting Price: 200 CHF
Depicting mount Ararat
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes IV, second reign, with Erato, 2 BC-AD 1. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 5.76 g, 11 h), struck under Augustus, Artaxata. [BACIΛEYC MEΓΑC TIΓΡANHC] Jugate busts of Tigranes IV, wearing four-pointed tiara, and Erato to right. Rev. [ΦΙΛΟΚΑΙCΑΡ] The twin peaks of Mount Ararat, as seen from Artaxata; A in exergue. ACV 122. CAA 128. Kovacs 180. Extremely rare and important example. Rough surfaces and circulated for almost a century, otherwise, good fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Starting Price: 150 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes V, the Cappadocian, AD 6-12. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 21 mm, 5.13 g, 12 h), Artagigarta (?). Diademed, draped, and bearded bust of Tigranes to right, wearing tiara decorated with four eagles. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ Herakles standing facing, head to left, setting club on the ground with his right hand; lion's skin draped over his left arm. ACV 158-160. CAA 153-154. Kovacs 181 (same obverse die). With a clear portrait. Obverse struck slightly off centre, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Rare dichalkon of Tigranes V
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes V, the Cappadocian, AD 6-12. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 4.65 g, 12 h), Artagigarta (?). Diademed, draped, and bearded bust of Tigranes to right, wearing tiara decorated with three eagles. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ Elephant walking slowly to left with raised trunk. ACV 172. CAA 150. Kovacs 183. Well centered and clear; very rare. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Scarcer with the eagle to right
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes V, the Cappadocian, AD 6-12. Chalkous (Bronze, 14.5 mm, 2.20 g, 12 h), Artagigarta (?). Diademed, draped, and bearded bust of Tigranes to right, wearing tiara decorated with three eagles. Rev. [ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ] ΤΙ-ΓΡΑΝΟΥ [ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ] Eagle standing to right. ACV 165. CAA 155. Kovacs 184 (same dies). Very rare with eagle to right and one of the few examples with traces of the inscription. Edge splits, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes V, the Cappadocian, AD 6-12. Chalkous (Bronze, 14 mm, 1.79 g, 12 h), Artagigarta (?). Diademed, draped, and bearded bust of Tigranes to right, wearing tiara decorated with three eagles. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ Eagle standing to left. ACV 166. CAA 156. Kovacs 185. Relatively sharp, with dark green glossy surfaces; a pleasant example. Struck on a tight flan with the obverse slightly off-center, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 80 CHF
Starting Price: 80 CHF
Unusual with retrograde legend
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes V, the Cappadocian, AD 6-12. Chalkous (Bronze, 13.5 mm, 2.13 g, 12 h), Artagigarta (?). Diademed, draped, and bearded bust of Tigranes to right, wearing tiara decorated with three eagles. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ (retrograde) Eagle standing to left. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 185.1. A very rare type, unpublished prior to Kovacs; interesting variation, attractive portrait. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Unpublished variation
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes V, the Cappadocian, AD 6-12. Chalkous (Bronze, 13.5 mm, 1.56 g, 1 h), Artagigarta (?). Diademed, draped, and bearded bust of Tigranes to right, wearing tiara decorated with three eagles. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ (somewhat garbled) Elephant's head to left with raised trunk. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 186 var (retrograde inscription). Very rare, possibly unpublished with the variation in the legend orientation; with fine green patina strengthened by earthen highlights and a strong portrait. Slightly off center, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Only four examples recorded in RPC Supplement
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Artaxias III, with Tiberius, 18-34. Oktachalkon (Bronze, 24 mm, 6.67 g, 9 h), Artaxata. Jugate laureate heads of Tiberius and Artaxias III (Lucius Antonius Zeno) to right. Rev. [KAI TIBEPIΟΣ K ZHNOΣ] around five pointed Armenian tiara. Kovacs 189. Nurpetlian, ‘An Intriguing Coin Type Depicting an Armenian Tiara’, Numismatic Circular CXX, 3, Sept. 2013, pp. 75-6. RPC Supplement 2.1, 5488 (as unidentified). Very rare; RPC recorded four examples. Around 8 exist. Flan cracks and heavily circulated, otherwise, fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Another example, not recorded with this countermark
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Artaxias III, with Tiberius, 18-34. Oktachalkon (Bronze, 21 mm, 6.31 g, 12 h), Artaxata. Jugate laureate heads of Tiberius and Artaxias III (Lucius Antonius Zeno) to right; countermark to right. Rev. [KAI TIBEPIΟΣ K ZHNOΣ] around five pointed Armenian tiara. Kovacs 189. Nurpetlian, ‘An Intriguing Coin Type Depicting an Armenian Tiara’, Numismatic Circular CXX, 3, Sept. 2013, pp. 75-6. RPC Supplement 2.1, 5488 (as unidentified). Very rare; RPC recorded four examples. Around 8 exist. Intense cleaning marks and heavily circulated, otherwise, fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
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