obolos 15
24. May 2020
Webauction
Lot 496
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC. (Bronze, 13 mm, 2.20 g, 11 h), Sardes, circa 282-281. Winged head of Medusa right. Rev. Bull butting right; between his hind legs, ΣI. HGC 107a. SC 6.1. An elegant coin, nicely patinated and with attractive details. Some deposits, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 40 CHF
Starting Price: 35 CHF
Lot 497
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos I Soter, 281-261 BC. Chalcous (Bronze, 11 mm, 1.35 g, 3 h), Antioch on-the-Orontes. Macedonian shield with anchor in central boss and six double crescents around. Rev. BAΣI / ANTI War elephant walking to right; above, monogram and club; below, jawbone. HGC 9, 195. SC 341. WSM 947. Scarcely encountered (if encountered) in such nice condition. Earthen deposits/highlights, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 498
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos II Theos, 261-246 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 17.16 g, 1 h), Sardes. Diademed head of Antiochos II to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding two arrows in his right hand and resting his left on a bow leaning against the omphalos behind him; in exergue, AΣ - AN. HGC 9, 236f. SC 518a. WSM 1385. Struck in high relief with an excellent portrait. Minor scuffs and marks, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 655 CHF
Starting Price: 200 CHF
Lot 499
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos II Theos, 261-246 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 10.5 mm, 1.02 g, 12 h), Sardes. Laureate head of Apollo facing slightly to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙ ΑΝΤΙ Tripod; Σ to outer left, monogram to outer right; below tripod, anchor to right. HGC 9, 277. SC 530 var (controls as of 528.8). Possibly an unpublished variety. Rough surfaces, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Starting Price: 35 CHF
Lot 500
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Seleukos II Kallinikos, 246-226 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17.5 mm, 3.94 g, 12 h), Sardes, c. 246-242. Helmeted head of Athena to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ - ΣΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ Apollo standing to left, holding arrow in his right hand and resting his left on a bow by his side; in the outer left and outer right fields, monogram. HGC 9, 345. SC 660.1. A pleasing coin with even dark green-brown patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 95 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Rare bronze of Seleukos II Kallinikos
Lot 501
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Seleukos II Kallinikos, 246-226 BC. (Bronze, 17 mm, 4.76 g, 12 h), uncertain mint in Asia Minor. Head of Poseidon to right, crowned with kelp; behind neck, trident. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΣEΛΕΥΚΟΥ Nike driving fast quadriga to left. HGC 9, 353. SC 738. Extremely rare. Attractive brown toning. Good fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 502
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Seleukos IV Philopator, 187-175 BC. (Bronze, 12 mm, 2.23 g, 1 h), uncertain mint, perhaps in northern Syria. Bee with straight wings. Rev. [Β]ΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ [Σ]ΕΛΕΥΚΟΥ Rose. Unpublished, only the second example known. For the extensive commentary on the first piece, written by Oliver Hoover, see Vauctions 305, 2014, 112. Extremely rare. Dark patina. Die break on the obverse, and struck on a tight flan, otherwise, good fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Lot 503
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos IV Epiphanes, 175-164 BC. Hemidrachm (Bronze, 33 mm, 32.23 g, 12 h), "Egyptianizing" series, with bevelled edges, struck in honour of Antiochos IV's victories over Egypt, Antioch, 169-168. Laureate head of Serapis to right; with Osiris cap apon taenia. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ ΘΕΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Eagle standing right on thunderbol. CSE 118-120. HGC 9, 643. SC 1413. SMA 59. Of good style and with a dark patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 80 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 504
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Demetrios I Soter, 162-150 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17.5 mm, 4.02 g, 1 h), Antioch on-the-Orontes, year AΞP (161) = 152-1. Diademed head of Demetrios to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗTΡΙΟΥ ΣΩTHPOΣ Cornucopia to right; below, two monograms above AΞP. HGC 9, 806. SC 1642.3d. SMA 120. Toned and with a good portrait. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 120 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 505
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Demetrios I Soter, 162-150 BC. (Bronze, 25 mm, 14.79 g, 1 h), uncertain mint "83", possibly in Cilicia or somewhere in northern Syria. Head of a lion with open jaws to left. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ Head of a boar to right; behind, monogram. CSE 2, 415. HGC 9, 823. SC 1660.a. Very rare and unusual. Cleaned and with reddish surfaces. Nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 110 CHF
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Lot 506
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Demetrios I Soter, 162-150 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17 mm, 0.91 g, 6 h), imitation struck in Commagene, time of Samos II to Mithradates I, circa 140-70 BC. Diademed head of Demetrios to right. Rev. (barbarized inscription) Cornucopia. HGC 9, 812. SC 1774. A centered example, almost Celtic in style. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 50 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 507
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Alexander I Balas, 152-145 BC. Drachm (Silver, 18 mm, 4.02 g, 12 h), Antioch, undated, but circa 147-146. Diademed head of Alexander Balas to right. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ - AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ / ΘEOΠATOΡOΣ - EΥEΡΓETOΥ Apollo seated to left on omphalos, holding arrow in his right hand and bow in his left; in exergue, Δ. HGC 9, 887a. SC 1785.1d. SMA 188. Sharp and with a surprisingly noble and elegant portrait. Obverse slightly off-center, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 65 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 508
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Alexander I Balas, 152-145 BC. (Bronze, 15.5 mm, 3.60 g, 12 h), semi-autonomous issue, Apameia on-the-Axios, year ΣΞΓ = 263 = 150-149 BC. Turreted, veiled and draped bust of Tyche to right. Rev. ΑΠΑΜΕΩΝ / ΓΞΣ Alexander the Great, wearing elephant's skin headdress, military dress and boots, raising his right hand and holding spear and shield with his left, advancing to left, his head turned back to right. BMC 1. DCA 134. HGC 9, 1426. A fascinating coin with a most interesting reverse. Some rough areas, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 150 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 509
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Tryphon, circa 142-138 BC. (Bronze, 17.5 mm, 5.14 g, 12 h), Antioch. Diademed head of Tryphon to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΡΥΦΩΝΟΣ ΑΥΤΟΚΡΑΤΟΡΟΣ Ornate Macedonian helmet to left, with spike on top and with a wild goat’s horn over the visor; inner left, ΑΣΚ. SC 2039. Well-struck; fine style; a lovely example with a dark brown patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 55 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 510
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos VI Epiphanes Dionysos, 144-142 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17 mm, 4.04 g, 1 h), Antioch, year OP = 170 = 143/2. Radiate and diademed head of Antiochos VI to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ - ANTIOXOY / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ - ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ / OP - ΣΤΑ Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow in right hand and bow in left; below Apollo's legs, Φ. DCA 182. HGC 9, 1036a. SC 2002.2a. Toned and with a fine portrait. Minor marks, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 180 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 511
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos VI Dionysos, 144-142 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16 mm, 4.08 g, 12 h), Antioch, circa 143-142. Diademed and radiate head of the young Antiochos VI to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ - ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ / TPY / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ - ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ / Ornate Macedonian helmet to right, with spike on top and with a wild goat’s horn over the visor; below right, monogram. HGC 9, 1037. SC 2003b. SMA 259. Well-centered and toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 170 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Lot 512
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Demetrios II Nikator, Second reign, 129-126/5 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16.5 mm, 3.91 g, 12 h), Antioch, 129-128. Diademed and bearded head of Demetrios II to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ ΘΕΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ Zeus seated left on throne, holding Nike in his right hand and long scepter in his left; below exergue line, Ξ and AP monograms. HGC 9, 1127a. SC 2167d. SNG Spaer 2163. Nicely toned. Heavily porous. Nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 80 CHF
Starting Price: 45 CHF
Lot 513
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Cleopatra Thea & Antiochos VIII, 126/5-121/0 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 15.63 g, 12 h), Antiochia on-the-Orontes, 123/2-122/1. Jugate busts to right of Cleopatra Thea, veiled, diademed and wearing a stephane, and Antiochos VIII, diademed. Rev. BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ KΛEOΠATPAΣ KAI BAΣIΛEΩΣ AN-TIOΧOY Zeus seated left, holding Nike with his extended right hand and scepter with the left. HGC 9, 1182g. SC 2271. Particularly artistic, and relatively youthful, depiction of Zeus. Delaminated areas close to the edges, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Starting Price: 150 CHF
Lot 514
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos VIII Epiphanes (Grypos), 121/0-97/6 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 14 mm, 1.94 g, 12 h), Antioch, circa 112-111/0. Diademed head of Antiochos to right. Rev. ΒAΣΙΛEΩΣ ΑNTIOXOY / EΠIΦANOYΣ Nike advancing to left, holding wreath in her extended right hand and palm with her left; outer left, monogram of ΦΛ over N. HGC 9, 1210. SC 2305c. SMA 394. SNG Spaer 2537. Scarce, well-centered and clear. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Lot 515
SYRIA, Seleukis and Pieria. Seleukeia Pieria. Circa 312-280 BC. (Bronze, 18 mm, 4.93 g, 12 h), a municipal issue under Seleukos I. Laurate head of Zeus to right. Rev. ΣEΛEYKEΩN thunderbolt; below, monogram within circle. BMC 5. HGC IX 1385. With a pleasant light-green patina and earthen highlights. Rare. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 190 CHF
Starting Price: 40 CHF
Lot 516
JUDAEA, Hasmoneans. John Hyrcanus I, 135-104 BCE. Prutah (Bronze, 13 mm, 1.72 g, 1 h), Jerusalem. 'Yehohanan the High Priest and the Council of the Jews' (in Paleo-Hebrew) in five lines within laurel wreath. Rev. Pomegranate between two cornucopiae. Hendin 1139. HGC 10, 625. Meshorer Group E. Clear. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 120 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 517
MESOPOTAMIA. Adiabene. Natounia, Circa 2nd-1st century BC. (Bronze, 20 mm, 5.07 g, 1 h). Radiate and diademed male head (Helios-Shamash?) to right. Rev. Rider on camelback to right, holding a short staff in his right hand; all within wreath border. CSE II 846. Hoover, Natounia, Series 1, 1 (same dies). Seyrig, Trésor 13a. Very rare. Glossy dark green patina. With considerable traces of overstriking on the obverse (probably on an earlier Seleukid issue), otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Starting Price: 45 CHF
Lot 518
MESOPOTAMIA. Seleukeia on the Tigris. Circa 115 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 17 mm, 2.06 g, 12 h). Turreted bust of Tyche right. Rev. ΣΕΛΕΥΚΕΩΝ/ ΤΩΝ ΠΡΟΣ ΤΩΙ/ ΤΙΓΡΕΙ God and Goddess, standing facing each other and sacrificing over an altar between them. Le Rider, Suse 322. MacDowell, Seleucia 132. Sellwood 92.2. Clear and with fully legible inscriptions. Uncleaned and with considerable encrustations as found, otherwise, good fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Rare Ptolemaic Bronze
Lot 520
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter, 306-282 BC. Hemiobol (Bronze, 18 mm, 4.97 g, 12 h), Alexandria, after 306. Diademed head of Alexander right, wearing the horn of Ammon over his ear. Rev. ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ Eagle with spreadwings, standing to left on thunderbolt; to left, aphlaston above helmet. Lorber B23. SNG Copenhagen 36-7. Svoronos 172. Zervos p. 327, n. 1. Very rare, one of the earliest coins to bear a portrait of Alexander with only a diadem. Some uncleaned deposits, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 75 CHF
Starting Price: 75 CHF
Lot 521
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246-222 BC. Obol (Bronze, 21.5 mm, 8.16 g, 12 h). Diademed bust of Ptolemy I to right, wearing aegis around his neck. Rev. ΠΤΟΛEMAIOY ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ Head of Libya to right with double cornucopia under her chin. Asolati 68D. Lorber B490. Svoronos 870 (as Ptolemy II), pl. 34, 31. Obverse slightly rough, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 50 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 522
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy III Euergetes, 246-222 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 15 mm, 2.26 g, 12 h), Alexandreia. Head of Zeus-Ammon to right, wearing tainia. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΠTOΛEMAIOΥ Eagle with closed wings standing to left on thunderbolt; in field to left, trident. Svoronos 840. SNG Copenhagen -. Pleasant dark brown patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 50 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Lot 523
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Berenike II, wife of Ptolemy III, circa 244/3-221 BC. Tritartemorion (Bronze, 22 mm, 7.96 g, 1 h), uncertain mint on the Levantine Coast. [BEPENIKHΣ] BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ Diademed and draped bust of Berenike II to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ - ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ Eagle, with closed wings, standing left on thunderbolt. Lorber B460. Svoronos 1055. About very fine.
Hammer Price: 50 CHF
Starting Price: 50 CHF
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