nomos 18
05 May 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 199
CILICIA. Kelenderis. Circa 430-420 BC. 1/3 Stater (Silver, 12 mm, 3.50 g, 1 h). Youthful male kalpe rider, holding reins in his right hand and goad in his left, sliding off horse galloping to left; below horse, A. Rev. ΚΕΛ Goat kneeling to the left, his head turned back to right. Cf. SNG France 57 ff. and SNG von Aulock 5633. Fresh, bright and attractive. Very minor marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 360 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 200
CILICIA. Mallos. Circa 440-390 BC. Stater (Silver, 19 mm, 11.06 g, 12 h). Bearded male diety (Kronos?), with four wings, in the running-kneeling position to left, holding a solar disc with both hands. Rev. ΜΑΡ Swan with closed wings walking to right. Cf. SNG France 375-376 (very similar but not struck from the same dies). An interesting coin, especially with the figure of Kronos. Struck from somewhat worn dies, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 201
CILICIA. Soloi. Circa 440-410 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 10.58 g, 7 h). Amazon, wearing a pointed bonnet, with drapery around her waist and at least one breast bare, kneeling to left, holding her bow with both hands; at her waist, gorytos; in field to left and between her legs, ivy leaf; Corinthian helmet behind her back. Rev. ΣΟΛΕΩΝ Large and plump bunch of grapes; to right, laurel branch; all within border of dots in an incuse square. Casabonne types 1-2 var. SNG Levante 37. SNG France 124 var. Clear and lightly toned. Obverse very slightly off-center and lightly struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 202
CILICIA. Tarsos or an Uncertain Mint in Southwestern Asia Minor. Circa 455-400 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 10.87 g, 6 h). Crenelated city walls with three towers. Rev. Forepart of bull to right; at lower right, ankh; all within incuse square. CNG 109, 2018, 190 (same dies), otherwise, unpublished save for auction appearances. An interesting and rare coin. Struck from rather worn dies, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 775 CHF
Lot 203
CILICIA. Tarsos. 425-400 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 10.81 g, 10 h). Male hero (Bellerophon), apparently nude but for his petasos, riding winged Pegasos flying to right, holding bridle with his left hand and, with his right, thrusting a trident downwards to right; visible on the winged horse's flank behind the wing, traces of saddle cloth; below, on ground line, ankh; border of dots. Rev. Male hero (Bellerophon), apparently nude but for his petasos, riding winged Pegasos leaping to left, holding bridle with his left hand and, with his right, thrusting a trident downwards to left; visible on the winged horse's flank behind the wing, traces of saddle cloth; below in field, ankh with flat bottom or key symbol; all within dotted border and incuse square. Unpublished, but see Roma XVI, 2018, 331 (same dies but of inferior condition). Extremely rare, one of three known examples, all struck from the same obverse die, but from two reverse dies. A superb, sharp, lightly toned example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 20000 CHF
Estimate: 6000 CHF
Lot 204
CILICIA. Tarsos. Tiribazos or Pharnabazos, circa 389-375 BC. Obol (Silver, 10 mm, 1.02 g, 9 h). Female head facing, wearing pendant earrings and a hair band visible above her forehead. Rev. Head of Aphrodite to left, wearing ornate stephanos, pendant earring, and pearl necklace. Casabonne Type J2. SNG France 236. A sharply struck, clear, well-centered and attractive coin. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 205
CILICIA. Tarsos. Pharnabazos, Persian military commander, 380-374/3 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 10.32 g, 7 h), c. 380-379. Head of Arethusa facing, turned slightly to left, her hair in an ampyx, wearing single-pendant earring and a necklace of pendants; to left, swimming upwards, dolphin. Rev. [FRNBZW], in Aramaic, here off the flan Bearded male head to left (Ares?), wearing crested helmet with a raised cheek piece (adorned with a griffin's head to left) and a tendril on the bowl; around the neck, slight drapery. Casabonne series 3. Moysey Issue 3, 4a = McClean 5917 (same dies) SNG Levante 70 = SNG von Aulock 5917. Rare and of very fine style. Toned. Traces of corrosion on the reverse along the edge from 3' to 8', otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 206
CILICIA. Tarsos. Pharnabazos, Persian military commander, 380-374/3 BC. Stater (Silver, 23 mm, 10.72 g, 12 h). Facing female head (Arethusa?) turned slightly to left, wearing headband, single-pendant earring, and pearl necklace with pendants. Rev. FRNBZW HLK (in Aramaic) Bearded male head (Ares?) to left, wearing crested Athenian helmet with raised ear-flaps and with tendrils on the bowl; behind head, ankh. SNG Copenhagen 267-268. SNG France 245. Toned and attractive. Reverse struck slightly off-center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 207
CILICIA. Tarsos. Tarkumuwa (Datames), satrap of Cilicia and Cappadocia, 384-361/0 BC. Stater (Silver, 24 mm, 10.73 g, 12 h), c. 370 BC. B'LTRZ (in Aramaic) Baaltars seated right, head and torso facing, holding an eagle-tipped sceptre in his right hand and a grain ear and a bunch of grapes in this left; in field to right, thymiaterion; around, circular crenelated wall. Rev. On the left, Ana, nude, standing right, gesturing towards Tarkumuwa (Datames), on the right, draped from the waste and greeting Ana, standing left; between them, tall thymiaterion and TRKMW (in Aramaic); all within dotted square border within linear border surmounted by three arches. Casabonne type 3. Moysey issue 5. SNG Levante 83. SNG France 290. Nicely toned and sharp. Struck on a rather tight flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 208
CILICIA. Uncertain. Circa 350 BC. Obol (Silver, 10 mm, 0.76 g, 4 h). Janiform head of Athena, wearing crested helmets, pendant earring, pearl necklace and aegis. Rev. Bare-headed bust of youthful Herakles to left, wearing lion's skin around his neck. Klein 647. SNG Levante 647. Rare. Clear and well-struck. Minor bangs and scratches on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 209
CILICIA. Uncertain. Early 4th century BC. Hemiobol (Silver, 7 mm, 0.33 g, 9 h). Draped bust of Hermes to left, wearing petasos. Rev. bēth lāmadh, in Aramaic (= Baal) Lion walking to left. H.A. Troxell- J.H. Kagan, Cilicians and Neighbors in Miniature in: Kraay-Morkholm-Essays p. 279, 26. Very rare. With an unusually rough portrait of Hermes. Minor pitting, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 210
KINGS OF CAPPADOCIA. Ariarathes X, Eusebes, Philadelphos, 42-36 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17.5 mm, 3.96 g, 12 h), Mazaka/Eusebeia, regnal year E (5) = 38-37. Diademed and bearded head of Ariarathes X to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΙΑΡΑΘΟΥ ΕΥΣΕΒΟΥΣ ΚΑΙ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ Athena standing to left, holding Nike in her right hand and resting her left on spear and shield; to left, trophy; to right, monogram of ΠΑΜΟ over Ε (= year 5). BMC 2. Simonetta 2. Rare and with a remarkably, even brutally, realistic portrait. Reverse very slightly off center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
The best available example
Lot 211
KINGS OF CAPPADOCIA. Archelaos Philopatris Ktistes, 36 BC-AD 17. Drachm (Silver, 17.5 mm, 3.66 g, 1 h), Caesareia, regnal year MB (42) = 6-7. Diademed head of Archelaos to right; fillet border. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΧΕΛΑΟΥ ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΡΙΔΟΣ ΚΑΙ ΚΤΙΣΤΟΥ Club between date letters M-B. DCA 464. HGC 7, 857. RPC 3606. Simonetta 5. Clear and attractive with an obverse portrait struck in high relief. Reverse very slightly stained, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 212
CYPRUS. Lapethos. Uncertain king, circa 425 BC. Stater (Silver, 21 mm, 11.24 g, 2 h). Head of Athena to left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet; on the bowl, possible traces of a palmette, but apparently erased in the die. Rev. Head of bearded Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress; all within incuse square. ACGC 1094. BMFA Suppl. 253 (same dies, but with visible palmette). C.M. Kraay, The Celenderis Hoard, NC 1962, p. 11, 8a-c (same dies, but with visible palmette). Extremely rare. A sharp, bright and lustrous, well-struck and very attractive example. Striking crack, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 9000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 213
CYPRUS. Paphos. Ti.... ?, circa 470-450 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 11.10 g, 12 h). Man-headed bull moving to left on ground line, his bearded head turned back to right; below bull, Cypriote letter '𐠎' (= ku, initial letter of Kyprou/Cyprus). Rev. 𐠎𐠯 / 𐠪[𐠞] ( = 'pa-si / ku-ti', 'King of Cyprus Ti...' in Cypriote syllabic script) Astragalos. Unpublished, but from the same reverse die as CNG eSale 430, 2018, 187 and Spink 13015, 2013, 78. Extremely rare, probably unique, and with the initial letters of the name of an apparently hitherto unknown king of Paphos. Struck from a worn obverse die, and with a slightly off-center reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 214
CYPRUS. Paphos. Onasioikos, circa 450-440 BC. Stater (Silver, 22.5 mm, 11.14 g, 11 h). Bull standing to left on line of pellets above a line of bead and reel decoration; above, winged solar disk; to left, ankh; dotted border. Rev. 𐠙𐠃 𐠪𐠞 ( = pa-si /o-na, 'King Onasioikos' in Cypriote syllabary). Eagle standing left; to left, ankh; all within dotted border within incuse square. BMC -. Gulbenkian 809 = Jameson 2604. Extremely rare, one of half a dozen known examples. With a sharp and most attractive reverse. Struck from a slightly worn obverse die, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 215
CYPRUS. Paphos. Stasandros, circa 440-425 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 11.08 g, 10 h). Bull standing to left on line of pellets above a line of bead and reel decoration; above, winged solar disk; to left, ankh; dotted border. Rev. 𐠰𐠨𐠭𐠨 𐠪𐠞 ( = pa-si / sa-ta-sa-to, 'King Stasandros', in Cypriote syllabary). Eagle standing left; to left, ankh; all within dotted border within incuse square. BMC -, but see p. lxix, note 3 and pl. XXI, 9 = Weber 7706. Traité II, 2, 1285, pl, CXXXIII, 24. Very rare, very clear and attractive, with a particularly sharp reverse. Obverse struck from a worn die, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
Lot 216
CYPRUS. Salamis. Nikodamos, circa 460-450 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 11.24 g, 3 h), with the name of Nikodamos's father Evelthon on the obverse. 𐠐𐠰𐠰[𐠩]-𐠳𐠄𐠁 ( = e-u-we / [le]-to-to-se 'of Evelthon', in Cypriote syllabary) Ram recumbent to left. Rev. 𐠗𐠭𐠍𐠛 ( = ni-ko-da-mo , 'Nikodamos', in Cypriote syllabary) Ankh, enclosing letter 𐠞 ( = pa, the initial letter of pa-si-le-wo-se, 'king', in Cypriote syllabary). Masson & Amandry p. 33, A and pl. II, 3 = H. A. Troxell and W. F. Spengler, A Hoard of Early Greek Coins from Afghanistan, ANSMN 15, 1969, 17. Very rare. Clear and well-struck. Struck from slightly worn dies with die rust on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 217
CYPRUS. Salamis. Nikodamos, circa 460-450 BC. Stater (Silver, 24 mm, 11.27 g, 12 h). 𐠛𐠍𐠭𐠗 - 𐠩𐠵𐠐𐠪𐠞 ( = 'pa-si-le-wo-se //Ni-ko-da-mo', 'king Nikodamos', in retrograde Cypriote syllabary, starting on the top right, continuing to the middle left, then starting on the bottom right) Ram recumbent to left. Rev. 𐠛𐠖𐠏𐠩 ( = 'se-la-mi-ni'), in retrograde Cypriote syllabary, counter-clockwise from the bottom left) Ankh; with the circle, Cypriote syllabary letter 𐠛 (= ni, initial of Nikodamos). Apparently unpublished and unique. Cf. NAC 106, 2018, 310 = Gorny 69, 1994, 424, for a stater of Nikodamos struck from the same obverse die. A remarkably fresh, well-struck and well-preserved example. Obverse struck slightly off center and with some striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 218
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arsames I, circa 255-225 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 21 mm, 6.92 g, 11 h), second series. Diademed and draped head of Arsames to right, wearing a tiara in the form of a truncated cone; fillet border. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΡΣΑΜΟΥ Arsames on horseback galloping to right, holding couched spear with his right hand. ACV 6. Alram 170. CAA 5. Kovacs 4. Rare. With a bold portrait and a glossy green patina; an unusually fine example. Some cleaning marks, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Plate coin in Kovacs
Lot 219
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Abdissares, circa 210 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 15 mm, 3.21 g, 1 h), uncertain mint. Diademed, bearded and draped bust of Abdissares to right, wearing folded bashlyk-style tiara. Rev. [Β]AΣIΛΕ[ΩΣ] [A]BΔIΣΣAPOY [A]ΔIABHNOY Eagle standing to right with closed wings. ACV -. Alram 176. CAA -. Callataÿ, "Abdissares l'Adiabenien" 2.2. Kovacs 14 (this coin). A spectacular and extremely rare coin with a bold portrait and an appealing patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 220
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates I, 2nd half of 2nd century BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 20 mm, 7.64 g, 12 h), countermarked by Mithradates II (c. 89-85 BC), Arkathiokerta(?). Diademed head of Mithradates I to left, wearing bashlyk; in the field to left, countermark of the Aramaic letter p (Kovacs 28); in field to right, almost effaced countermark ΜΙΘ in an oval indent (Kovacs 22). Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ MIΘPAΔATOY Zeus standing left, holding eagle and scepter. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 24 (these dies). Unpublished prior to 2016. Well centered and with a dark brown patina: the best example known. Considerable pitting, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
A great rarity of Mithradate I of Sophene
Lot 221
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates I, 2nd half of 2nd century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 12 mm, 1.85 g, 4 h), Arkathiokerta (?). R - P Diademed head of Mithradates I to left, wearing bashlyk. Rev. Draped and veiled female bust to left Bashlyk. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 30. Very rare. In 2016 Kovacs was only aware of a single example; this is now the finest of the four known examples. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 800 CHF
Lot 222
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Arkathias II, circa 93/90-90/89 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 16 mm, 2.78 g, 12 h), with a countermark of Mithradates II, c. 89-85 BC, Arkathiokerta (?). Diademed head of Arkathias I to right, wearing bashlyk; behind head, countermark MIΘ in a rectangular indent (Kovacs 22). Rev. Club. ACV -. CSC -. Kovacs 32 (same dies, but with a retrograde countermark, Kovacs 23). Extremely rare, only the second known example. Boldly struck and with a brown patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 223
KINGS OF SOPHENE. Mithradates II Philopator, ca. 89 - after 85 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 3.46 g, 5 h), Arkathiokerta(?). Diademed head of Mithradates II to left wearing bashlyk. Rev. BACI MIΘ Club within wreath. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 35 (same obverse die). Extremely rare. Sharply struck and with a fine, glossy, dark green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 224
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 16.5 mm, 4.83 g, 12 h), Nisibis, period I, c. 90-80. Diademed head of Tigranes II to left, wearing four-pointed tiara decorated with a star (only faintly visible here). Rev. BAΣΙΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOY TIΓPANOY ΦΙΛΕΛΛHN (sic!) Zeus seated to left, holding wreath in his right hand and long scepter with his left; in field to left, Λ. ACV 22. CAA 4. Kovacs 65. Very rare, well- centered and clear. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 225
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II, 95-56 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 15.71 g, 1 h), Tigranocerta, 80-68. Head of Tigranes II to right, wearing diademed tiara with five peaks and ornamented with an eight-pointed star between two eagles, their heads turned back towards the star; beed and reel border. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ Turreted and draped Tyche of Artaxata seated to right on rocks, holding palm with her outstretched right hand; on rock, monogram of ΔΗ; at her feet to right, the river god Araxes; in the field to right, monogram of ΑΡ; all within laurel wreath. Bedoukian 17. Kovacs 74.1. Clear and with a good portrait. Slightly porous surfaces, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 226
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 15.65 g, 12 h), Tigranocerta, 80-68. Head of Tigranes II to right, wearing diademed tiara with five peaks and ornamented with an eight-pointed star between two eagles, their heads turned back towards the star; beed and reel border. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ Turreted and draped Tyche of Artaxata seated to right on rocks, holding palm with her outstretched right hand; on rock, monogram of ΣΩ with circular monogram above; at her feet to right, the river god Araxes; all within laurel wreath. Bedoukian 21/23. Kovacs 75.1. Clear and with a good portrait. Somewhat porous surfaces with minor pitting and traces of dark encrustations, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 950 CHF
Lot 227
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 4.80 g, 12 h), series 1, Tigranocerta, circa 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. ACV 73-75. Kovacs 78 (this reverse die). Very well-struck and unusually attractive, with a dark-brown patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 240 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 228
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 5.75 g, 12 h), series 2, Tigranocerta, circa 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 The Tyche of Tigranocerta seated to right on a rock, holding a laurel branch in her right hand; below right, river-god Araxes swimming to right; to right, above Tyche's arm, monogram of TP; to right, below Tyche's arm, A. ACV 48. Kovacs 81. YTN 64. Boldly struck with an attractive glossy dark green patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 220 CHF
Estimate: 175 CHF
Lot 229
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 15.5 mm, 3.58 g, 12 h), series 3, Tigranocerta, circa 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, leaning, with his right hand, on a club and with a lion's skin draped over his left arm; above to left and right, Δ - Η; below right, A. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 86. Unusually fine and clear for the type. Some pitting, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 230
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 16 mm, 2.78 g, 12 h), series 4, Tigranocerta, circa 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 a fillet; below, ΔΗ. ACV 98. CAA -. Kovacs 91. A lovely coin, well struck, clear, with a fine portrait, and an attractive dark patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 231
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 19.5 mm, 7.42 g, 12 h), series 5, Tigranocerta, circa 70. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes II to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star between two eagles; below neck, uncertain countermark. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left, holding wreath in her right hand; outer left, Δ over Η; outer right, here off the flan, Μ. ACV 77. CAA -. Kovacs 93. Glossy greenish brown patina. Obverse lightly struck and with traces of corrosion; reverse slightly off-center, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Lot 232
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes II ‘the Great’, 95-56 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 21.5 mm, 7.03 g, 11 h), series 7, but a hybrid with Tigranes the Younger, Artaxata, year 28 (KH) = 69-68. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left, holding wreath with her extended right hand; on outer left, date HK above monogram of ΞEP monogram. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 98. Very rare; glossy dark green patina. Die fault on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
A very important "Hybrid" coin
Lot 233
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Half chalkous (Bronze, 13.5 mm, 2.41 g, 12 h), series 6 of Tigranes the "Great", Tigranocerta, circa 70-69. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY / ΔH-MO Horse grazing to right. ACV 121. CAA -. Kovacs 97.1 (see also the comment to the half chalkous of Tigranes the Younger, Kovacs 148). An important hybrid with an obverse die bearing the portrait of Tigranes the Younger combined with a reverse die intended for Tigranes II. Brown patina. Both sides struck slightly off center, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 160 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 234
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes the Younger, 77/6-66 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 7.16 g, 10 h), uncertain mint possibly Artaxata, 74-71/70. Head of Tigranes the Younger to right, wearing five-pointed, jeweled tiara ornamented with a comet. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left, holding wreath in her right hand. Bedoukian, Artaxiads 115. Kovacs 158 (same obverse die). Nercessian 81. Well struck and clear example. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 150 CHF
Estimate: 125 CHF
Lot 235
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes III, 20-8 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 14 mm, 2.46 g, 1 h), Artaxata. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes III to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with a star; behind head, A. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Nike advancing to left. ACV 86. Kovacs 172. Well centered and clear. Rough surfaces, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 240 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 236
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes V, the Cappadocian, AD 6-12. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 17.5 mm, 6.32 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, his head turned to left, with his lion's skin draped over his left arm and holding his club in his right hand. ACV 158-160. CAA 153-154. Kovacs 181 (same dies). With a powerful and impressive portrait and an attractive dark green patina. Reverse struck slightly off centre, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 237
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 five-pointed tiara decorated with three eagles. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΤΙΓΡΑΝΟΥ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ Elephant walking slowly to right. ACV 171. CAA 151. Kovacs 182. Well centered, clear and with an attractive green patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 238
KINGS OF ARMENIA. Tigranes VI, first reign, circa 60-62 or later. Dichalkon (Bronze, 15 mm, 1.74 g, 12 h), series 1, Artagigarta (?), c. 60. Diademed and draped bust of Tigranes VI to right, wearing five-pointed tiara decorated with four eagles. Rev. [B]AΣIΛEΩΣ TIΓPANOY Bipennis and club. ACV 167-168 & 170. CAA 157-158. Kovacs 196. Sharply struck, with a splendid portrait, and with a pleasant brown patina. Chipped and with a flan crack, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
An extremely rare and interesting AE of Tiridates II (?)
Lot 239
ARMENIA. Tiridates II (?), circa 217-252. Unit (Bronze, 24 mm, 4.23 g, 10 h). Diademed and bearded head of Tiridates to right, wearing short tiara with five points, all within wreath. Rev. 𐡌𐡋𐡁𐡀 𐡕𐡊𐡓𐡈 (= t r d t - m l k in Aramaic) in two lines with ΛIΛ in the line below; all within wreath. Kovacs 203. YTN 322. Extremely rare and interesting. Dark patina. Obverse somewhat doublestruck, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 240
ARMENIA. Artaxata. 57/6 - 53/2 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 3.94 g, 1 h), struck during the short period in the 1st century BC when Armenia was under Roman control, dated to Pompeian year I (10), and to year ZΞ (67) of the era of Tigranes I = 55/4. Turreted bust of the Tyche of Artaxata to right. Rev. APTAΞICA[Tω]N [MHT] Grain ear; in field to left, I; in field to right, ZΞ. Amandry -. Kovacs 214. Vardaryan 70, Ab. Extremely rare. Clear and relatively well-struck, with a dark greenish-black patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 241
ARMENIA MINOR. Mithradates, as Satrap, 212-? BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 17 mm, 4.12 g, 3 h), or, perhaps, struck by Mithradates I Ktistes of Pontos, 281-266, uncertain mint. mtrdt (Aramaic, but here either missing or off the flan). Bearded head of Mithradates to left, wearing bashlyk. Rev. mtr-dt (Aramaic). Bee flying upwards. ACV -. CAA -. Kovacs 295 var. (with an obverse inscription apparently lacking here). Extremely rare. With an intriguing, seemingly elderly portrait, and an unexpected reverse type. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 242
KINGS OF COMMAGENE. Mithradates I Kallinikos, circa 96-70 BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 4.35 g, 12 h). Diademed head of Mithradates to right, wearing pointed tiara . Rev. [B]AΣIΛEΩΣ // [MI]ΘPAΔATOY / [KA]ΛΛINIKOY Athena standing left, holding Nike with her right hand and, with her left, a spear and a shield, which leans against her left leg. ACV 187. Alram 242. Bedoukian, coinage 20. Kovacs 221. With a bold portrait in high relief and dark tan patinated surfaces, with some remaining deposits. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 243
KINGS OF COMMAGENE. Mithradates II, sole reign, circa 36-20 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 17.5 mm, 5.83 g, 1 h), first series, Laodikeia, year IΓ (=13 = 36-35). Head of Mithradates to right, wearing high bashlyk. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ MIΘPAΔA-TOY Pegasus leaping to left, his back feet on the hilt of a dagger lying to left; in field to left, ΙΓ. ACV 189. Alram -. Kovacs 233. Very rare. With an intriguing portrait and an unusual reverse (Pegasus on a dagger). Reverse weakly struck, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 244
KINGS OF COMMAGENE. Mithradates II, sole reign, circa 36-20 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18 mm, 5.71 g, 12 h), Laodikeia, mid to late 20s. Head of Mithradates to right, wearing bashlyk. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ MIΘPAΔATOY Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings spread; below left, lituus; in exergue, date ΙΓ (? read thus by Kovacs but not visible on his plate coin or this piece); above right, monogram of AP. ACV -. Alram -. Kovacs 232 var. or corr. Extremely rare. Dark glossy patina; a very attractive example. Struck slightly off centre, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Lot 245
KINGS OF COMMAGENE. Mithradates II, sole reign, circa 36-20 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19.5 mm, 4.81 g, 12 h), second series, Laodikeia, mid to late 20s. Head of Mithradates to right, wearing bashlyk. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ MIΘPAΔATOY Nike standing to right, holding wreath in her right hand; below Nike's feet, AP. ACV -. Alram -. Kovacs 234 = Lindgren 1, 1880. Extremely rare, well-struck, nicely patinated, and surely the best example known. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 246
KINGS OF COMMAGENE. Mithradates II, sole reign, circa 36-20 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 20.5 mm, 4.76 g, 12 h), second series, Laodikeia, mid to late 20s. Head of Mithradates to right, wearing bashlyk; behind, countermark of a dolphin-entwined anchor within an oval indent. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ MIΘPAΔATOY Nike standing to right, holding wreath in her right hand; below Nike's feet, AP. ACV -. Alram -. As Kovacs 234, (but hitherto unknown with this countermark). Extremely rare, perhaps unique with this countermark. Reverse partially flattened by the countermark on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 800 CHF
Lot 247
KINGS OF COMMAGENE. Antiochos IV Epiphanes, 38-40 and 41-72. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 24.5 mm, 9.23 g, 12 h), late series with bevelled edge, Samosata, c. 54-65. ΒΑΣΙ• MEΓ ANTIOXOC • EΠI• Diademed and draped bust of Antiochos IV to right. Rev. KOMMAΓ-HNΩN Capricorn to right; above back, five-rayed star; below, anchor; all within laurel wreath. Kovacs 256. RPC I 3855. With an elegant portrait, nicely struck and clear. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 248
COMMAGENE. Samosata. 1st Century BC. Oktachalkon (Bronze, 25 mm, 10.40 g, 12 h), overstruck on an Antiochene bronze of the Zeus/Zeus type, as RPC 4218 ff., possibly an emergency coin struck during the siege of Samosata by Publius Ventidius Bassus and Mark Antony, c. 38 BC. Lion walking slowly to right. Rev. CAMOCATΩ / ΠOΛEΩC The Tyche of Samosata seated to right on rocks, holding palm branch in her right hand. ACV 238. BMC 4-6. Kovacs 290. RPC 3849. Clear and well struck, with a particularly fine lion and a dark brown patina. Some pitting and with traces of the Antiochene under type, especially on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 275 CHF
Lot 249
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos I Soter, 281-261 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 32 mm, 15.84 g, 2 h), Antioch. Diademed head of Antiochos I to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow in his right hand and resting his right on his bow; to left, in outer field, monogram of ΠΑΩ; to right, in outer field, monogram of ΑΧ. Le Rider pp. 37-38 (uncertain mint). SC 335.6. WSM -. A very rare variety, toned and with an unusually fine and elegant portrait. Minor scratches and remains of corrosion, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 780 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 250
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos Hierax, circa 242-227 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30 mm, 16.92 g, 12 h), Lampsakos. Diademed head of a young king to right, probably representing Hierax. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ Apollo, with light drapery on his left leg, seated left on an omphalos decorated with encircling fillets, holding arrow in his right hand and resting his left hand on a grounded bow with pellets on the grip; in exergue, bee upwards. Houghton A9/P24 = WSM 1547 (same dies). SC 849.3. An attractive coin with a fine portrait. Some minor black deposits on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 251
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos IV Epiphanes, 175-164 BC. AE (Bronze, 25 mm, 18.18 g, 1 h), bevelled edge, Antioch, 169-168. Draped bust of Isis to right, wearing taenia with Isis-crown. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ/ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟΥ - ΘΕΟΥ/ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Eagle standing right on thunderbolt. SC 1414. SMA 60. SNG Spaer 981. An attractive piece with a dark green patina overlaid by earthen deposits. Uncleaned as found, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 252
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos IV Epiphanes, 175-164 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 21 mm, 7.50 g, 12 h), Antioch on-the-Callirrhoe (Edessa), quasi-municipal issue, 168-164. Radiate and diademed head of Antiochos IV to right. Rev. ANTIOXEΩN / TΩN / EΠI KAΛΛIPPOHI Zeus Aëtophoros standing left, holding scepter; outer left, Cω. SC 1499.e. Very attractive, sharply struck and with a blackish-green patina. Die fault on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Lot 253
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Alexander I Balas, 152-145 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 16.36 g, 1 h), Antioch, prior to late 150 BC. Diademed head of Alexander Balas to right, fillet border. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ / ΘΕΟΠΑΤOΡΟΣ ΕΥΕΡΓΕΤΟΥ Zeus seated left on high backed throne, holding Nike in his right hand and long scepter with his left; in exergue, Σ. SC 1781j. SMA 171. Toned and with an impressive portrait struck on an oval flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1200 CHF
Lot 254
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Demetrios II Nikator, first reign, 146-138 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 16.46 g, 1 h), Antioch, year 168 = 145/4. Diademed head of Demetrios to right; around, laurel wreath. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ / ΘΕΟΥ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ Apollo seated left on omphalos, holding arrow in his right hand and resting his left on bow; below arrow, monogram of ΠΑ; between legs, monogram of ΠΡ; in exergue, date ΗΞΡ. SC 1907.1d. Very attractively toned and with an elegant portrait. Some minor die faults, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 800 CHF
Lot 255
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos VIII Epiphanes (Grypos), 121/0-97/6 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 31 mm, 16.65 g, 12 h), Ake-Ptolemais, circa 121-113. Diademed head of Antiochos VIII to right. Rev. ΒAΣΙΛEΩΣ ΑNTIOXOY / EΠIΦANOYΣ Zeus Ouranios, draped, standing facing, head to left, holding star in outstretched hand and long scepter, crescent above; to left, monogram of ΑΔΡ. SC 2336.2. Attractive and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 256
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Antiochos X Eusebes Philopator, Circa 94-88 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 15.84 g, 12 h), Antioch on-the-Orontes, 94. Diademed head of Antiochos X to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ/ΑΝΤΙΟΧΟV // ΕVΣΕΒΟVΣ/ΦΙΛΟΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ Zeus seated left on throne, holding Nike on his right hand and an upright scepter with his left; below throne, monogram of ΔΙ; all within laurel wreath; over the wreath to left, monogram of ΣΩ above monogram of Λ•. SC 2429.1c. Attractive, well-struck and lightly toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 257
SELEUKID KINGS OF SYRIA. Seleukos VI Epiphanes Nikator, circa 96-94 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 15.74 g, 1 h), Antioch, 95-94. Diademed head of Seleukos VI to right, with a tiny horn over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ/ΣΕΛΕVΚΟV // ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟVΣ/ΝΙΚΑΤΟΡΟΣ Zeus seated left on throne, holding Nike on his right hand and an upright scepter with his left; below throne, Ϛ; all within laurel wreath; over the wreath to left, monogram of ΡΚ above monogram of Λ•. SC 2414.1e. SMA 424. With a surprisingly sensitive and carefully made portrait. Slightly rough surfaces, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 258
SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Q. Caecilius Bassus, Proconsul, 46-43 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 15.66 g, 2 h), Caesarian Era year Δ = 4 = 46/5. Diademed head of Philip Philadelphos to right; fillet border. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ Zeus seated left on high-backed throne, holding Nike on his outstretched right hand and long scepter with his right; in inner field to left, monogram of ΑΝΤΙΥ; under throne, monogram of ΛΙ; in exergue, Δ (= year 4). McAlee 5. Prieur 5. RPC 4128. Clear and toned. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 280 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 259
KINGS OF PARTHIA. Mithradates II, 121-91 BC. Drachm (Silver, 21 mm, 4.18 g, 12 h), Ekbatana, 109-96/5. Diademed bust of Mithradates to left, wearing elaborate robes and a multi-spiral torc. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ//ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΝ//ΜΕΓAΛΟΥ//ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ/ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Archer (Arsakes I) seated right on high-backed throne, holding bow. Sellwood 27.2. Shore 86-87. Sunrise 294. A splendid, sharply struck coin with glossy surfaces and a fine portrait. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 240 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 260
KINGS OF ELYMAIS. Kamnaskires V, circa 54/3-33/2 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 14.81 g, 12 h), Seleukia-on-the-Hedyphon, SE year 264 (?)= 49/48. Diademed, bearded, and draped bust of Kamnaskires V to left, wearing circular earring and torc; behind bust to right, star above anchor. Rev. BΑCΙΛЄΩC ΚΑΠΝΑCΚΙΡΟΥ ΟY ΒΑCΙΛЄΩC KΑΠΝΑCΚΙΡ(='King Kamnaskires son of King Kamnaskires') Diademed and bearded head of Kamnaskires IV to left, wearing torc; in exergue, traces of date ΔΞΣ (= 264, Δ illegible). Cf. Alram 463, and Sunrise 479 = Van 't Haaff 9.1.1-3a (all SE 266). Sharp, bright and most attractive. Usual areas of flat-striking, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 261
KINGS OF ELYMAIS. Kamnaskires V, circa 54/3-33/2 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 29 mm, 14.60 g, 12 h), Seleukia-on-the-Hedyphon, mid to late 40s. Diademed, bearded, and draped bust of Kamnaskires V to left, wearing circular earring and torc; behind bust to right, star above anchor. Rev. BΑCΙΛЄΩC ΚΑΠΝΑCΚΙΡΟΥ ΟY ΒΑCΙΛЄΩC KΑΠΝΑCΚ (='King Kamnaskires son of King Kamnaskires') Diademed and bearded head of Kamnaskires IV to left, wearing torc. Alram 464. Sunrise 479. van 't Haaff 1-7. With an imposing and exotically 'foreign' portrait; of exceptional quality, very well struck with a perfectly centered obverse struck in high relief. Date off the flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 262
PHOENICIA. Sidon. Time of Claudius, 41-54. Chalkous (Bronze, 13 mm, 2.38 g), year 155 = 44/5. ΣΙ - ΔΩΝ Astarte, holding an aphlaston in her extended right hand and a long scepter with a triangular head (or a parasol?) in her left, standing left on a galley prow. Rev. B/­­—/Ϛ // ΕΝΡ Eagle with closed wings standing to left. BMC 169-170. RPC 4603. Very rare. Very sharply struck in high relief, and with a fine black patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 263
PHOENICIA. Tyre. Circa 450-410 BC. 1/24 Stater (Silver, 8 mm, 0.65 g, 5 h). mēm rēš (retrograde) Dolphin leaping over waves to right; below, murex shell to left. Rev. Owl standing to right, its head facing and with a crook and flail over its shoulders; partially incuse and with an incuse outline; all within an incuse square. Betlyon pl. 4, 7. Elayi & Lemaire series B, 3rd group. Cf. SNG Copenhagen 294 (but without letters). Rare. Nicely struck. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 264
PHILISTIA (PALESTINE). Gaza. Mid 5th century - 333 BC. Drachm (Silver, 15 mm, 3.77 g, 12 h). Bearded male head to right, his hair held in a bunch at the back. Rev. 'Ayin Zayin Hé (in Aramaic) Owl (with a single eye) standing to right; behind in upper left, olive sprig; all within dotted border in an incuse square. Gitler & Tal V, 1D. Shoshana I 20018. Sofaer 3. Extremely rare, probably the finest of the seven known examples. Usual porosity, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 34000 CHF
Estimate: 25000 CHF
Lot 265
JUDAEA, Bar Kochba Revolt. 132-135 CE. (Bronze, 23 mm, 12.52 g, 12 h), year 1 = 132-133. Shim'on Prince of Israel (in Hebrew) Upright palm branch within laurel wreath. Rev. Year one of the Redemption of Israel (in Hebrew) Lyre with four strings. AJC 6e. Bromberg I, 235. Hendin 680. Mbg. 24. TJC 223e. An especially nice example: attractive, clear and sharp, with a deep green patina and earthen highlights. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 266
SOUTHWEST ARABIA, Kingdom of Saba. Ma'rib. Late 4th–mid 2nd centuries BC. "tmrt" or Quarter Unit (Silver, 10.5 mm, 1.12 g, 6 h). Helmeted head of Athena right, with mark of value X (= t = tmrt) on her cheek. Rev. Owl standing right, head facing; below right, royal emblem of Saba = monogram of Mukarrib; above to left, monogram. Huth 258. Extremely rare, very likely the best example known. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 267
EGYPT. Sabakes, Satrap, 340-333 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 17.02 g, 9 h), struck in imitation of the contemporary tetradrachms of Athens. Head of Athena to right, wearing round earring and a crested Attic helmet decorated with three olive leaves over the visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl. Rev. SWYK (in Aramaic) Owl standing to right, head facing; behind to left, olive spray and crescent; to right, Sabakes symbol. Nicolet-Pierre, Monnaies 5-6 var. (probably O4/R5). Cf. van Alfen 7 ff. An interesting and historical coin. Numerous bankers' marks on the obverse and one on the reverse, as well as considerable amounts of uncleaned horn silver on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Desirable Memphis 'Alexander'
Lot 268
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III 'the Great', 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 29 mm, 17.19 g, 12 h), struck under Ptolemy (I) as satrap, Memphis, c. 323/2-317/6. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on low throne, his feet resting on a foot stool, holding long scepter in his left hand and, in his right, eagle standing right with closed wings; to left, rose; below throne and to right, ΔΙ - Ο. Lorber 19. Müller 124. Price 3971. SNG Copenhagen 7-8. Zervos Issue 2C. A remarkably fine, sharp, clear, and well-centered example of this desirable type. Lightly toned and of a particularly elegant and fine style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 25000 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Lot 269
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter, as satrap, 323-305 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 16.64 g, 1 h), Memphis, c. 316/315. Head of Alexander the Great to right, wearing elephant’s scalp, mitra, horn of Ammon and aegis. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ / ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ Zeus seated left on throne, holding eagle in his right hand and long scepter in his left; to left, vertical thunderbolt; below throne, ΡΥ. De Hirsch 1788 = Svoronos 18b (same dies). Cf. Kunstfreund 252 (= Jameson 998 and Consul Weber 4456, same obverse die). Lorber 35b. Very rare, especially with the title Basileos. Toned, well-centered and with a remarkably powerful portrait of Alexander struck in high relief. Some minor marks, roughness and scrapes, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 33000 CHF
Estimate: 32500 CHF
Lot 270
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter, 305-282 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 29 mm, 15.55 g, 12 h), struck in the name of Alexander III "the Great", Alexandria, c. 306 - c. 300. Diademed head of the deified Alexander III to right, with horn of Zeus Ammon above his ear, wearing an elephant's skin headdress and an aegis around his neck; in aegis, Δ; on Alexander's cheek and in the field to right, countermark. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Athena Alkidemos advancing to right, brandishing spear with her right hand and with a shield on her left arm; in the field to right, monogram of ΗP behind eagle standing right on thunderbolt; above eagle, Corinthian helmet to right; in the field to left, eight-pointed star. Lorber 66. Svoronos 174. Zervos issue 26. Toned and attractive. Two countermarks on the obverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 271
PTOLEMAIC KINGS OF EGYPT. Arsinoe II, deified wife of Ptolemy II, died 270 BC. Mnaeion or Octodrachm (Gold, 25 mm, 27.82 g, 12 h), Ptolemais - Ake, year 30 = 256/5. Veiled head of Arsinoe to right, wearing stephane, with horn of Ammon below her ear and with the tip of a lotos-tipped scepter visible behind the top of her head. Rev. ΑΡΣΙΝΟΗΣ ΦΙΛΑΔΕΛΦΟΥ Double cornucopiae filled with fruits and bound with a fillet; below, in field to left, Λ; below, in field to right, monogram of ΠΤ over Θ. Unpublished and hitherto unknown, but cf. Lorber 645 = Svoronos 770 for silver tetradrachms with both Λ and Θ. Extremely rare. Toned and with an elegant portrait of the deified Arsinoe. Traces of mount marks and scratches, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 8500 CHF
Lot 272
KYRENAICA. Kyrene. in alliance with Euhesperides, circa 480-435 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.30 g, 1 h). [Ε - Υ] /Ε -Σ (retrograde) Silphium plant with two pairs of leaves and five umbels. Rev. ΚVΡΑ Head of Zeus-Ammon to right, bearded, with ram’s horn over his ear and with his hair bound in simple plaits; dotted border. Cf. BMC p. xlii, 60e and pl. VII, 19. Extremely rare, and of truly splendid early Classical style. A bright, attractive example, and with an obverse legend sufficiently clear to ensure its attribution as an alliance issue. Only paralleled by the badly corroded piece in Berlin, BMC 60e. Very sharply struck and lustrous. Traces of overstriking and with some flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 24000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 273
Anonymous, c. 225-214/212 BC. Quadrigatus (Silver, 20 mm, 6.79 g, 6 h), Rome. Laureate janiform head. Rev. Jupiter, holding scepter in his left hand and preparing to hurl his thunderbolt from his right, standing right in a quadriga, which is driven to the right by Victory who stands beside him; below, tablet inscribed with ROMA in incuse letters. Crawford 28/3. Sydenham 64. A lovely, toned example of a refined and attractive style. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 274
Pub. Sulla, 151 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 4.03 g, 9 h), Rome. Helmeted head of Roma to right; behind, X (=value mark). Rev. ROMA (in relief on tablet) Victory driving biga to right; below horses, P.SVLA. Babelon (Cornelia) 1. Crawford 205/1. RBW 879. Sydenham 386. Well-struck, clear and lightly toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 375 CHF
Lot 275
P. Maenius Antiacus M.f, 132 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 4.03 g, 10 h), Rome. Helmeted head of Roma to right; behind, XVI monogram. Rev. P.MAE ANT / ROMA Victory in quadriga galloping to right, holding reins and palm-branch in her left hand and wreath in her right. Babelon (Maenia) 7. Crawford 249/1. Sydenham 492. Bright and very attractive. Minor flan fault on the obverse, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 276
M. Furius L.f. Philus, 120 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.77 g, 9 h), Rome. M.FOVRI.L.F. Laureate and bearded head of Janus. Rev. ROMA / PHILI Roma standing left, holding scepter in her left hand and wreath in her right; to left, trophy of Gallic arms flanked by a carnyx and shield on each side; above, star. Babelon (Furia) 18. Crawford 281/1. Sydenham 529. Lightly toned and well-centered. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 277
Julius Caesar, 48-47 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.95 g, 3 h), Military mint traveling with Caesar in Spain. Laureate female head (Clementia?) to right; ⊥II behind neck. Rev. CAE-SAR Gallic trophy, bearing armor, an oval shield and a wolf's head carnyx, with, at its base, a bearded Gallic captive seated to right on the ground with his hands tied behind his back, his chest bare, and with a torque around his neck. Crawford 452/4. CRI 12. Sydenham 1010. Very rare. Tiny banker's mark on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 26000 CHF
Estimate: 6750 CHF
Lot 278
Julius Caesar, 46 BC. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 8.03 g, 4 h), with Aulus Hirtius, as praefectus urbi, Rome. C.CAESAR COS TER Veiled female head to right (Pietas?). Rev. A.HIRTIVS.PR Lituus, jug and axe. Babelon (Hirtia) 1, (Julia) 22. BMCRR 4050. Calicó 36. Crawford 466/1. CRI 56. RBW 1636. Sydenham 1018. Clear and well-centered. Minor marks and an edge scuff at 5:30 on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 279
Julius Caesar, early March, 44 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.68 g, 3 h), with L. Aemilius Buca, Rome. CAESAR.DICT- PERPETVO Head of Caesar wearing wreath to right. Rev. L.BVCA Fasces and winged caduceus in saltire; above, globe; below, axe; to left, two clasped hands. Alföldi XIII, 1 ff.XX (same dies). Babelon (Aemilia) 17, (Julia) 37. Crawford 480/6. CRI 103. Sydenham 1063. Nicely toned, well-centered and with a fine portrait. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 18000 CHF
Estimate: 22500 CHF
Lot 280
L. Livineius Regulus, 42 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 4.00 g, 12 h), Rome. Bare head of Livineius Regulus to right. Rev. L.LIVINEIVS / REGVLVS Modius between two ears of grain. Babelon (Livineia) 13. Crawford 494/29. CRI 178. Sydenham 1111. Nicely toned and centered. Some minor scratches and a flan crack, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 281
C. Cassius Longinus, 42 BC. Aureus (Gold, 21 mm, 7.99 g, 12 h), with the legate M. Aquinus, uncertain military mint, perhaps Smyrna. M.AQVINVS.LEG.LIBER-TAS Diademed head of Libertas to right. Rev. CASSI IMP Tripod with lebes, fillets and laurel branches. Bahrfeldt 57. Calicó 64. Crawford 499/1. CRI 218. Sydenham 1303. Very rare. Attractively toned, sharply and well-struck from fresh dies. Digs and scuffs on both sides - perhaps spade marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Lot 282
Q. Caepio Brutus and L. Sestius Pro. Q., spring-early summer 42 BC. Quinarius (Silver, 13. mm, 1.82 g, 12 h), mint moving with Brutus in southwestern Asia Minor. L SESTI PRO Q Veiled and draped bust of Libertas to right. Rev. Q CAEPIO BRV[TVS] PRO COS Victory advancing right, holding palm frond with her left hand and wreath in her right. Babelon (Junia) 38 and (Sestia) 3. Cohen 12. Crawford 502/3. CRI 202. Sydenham 1291. Very rare. Struck slightly off center and with traces of corrosion, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 283
Brutus. Quinarius (Silver, 16 mm, 1.75 g, 12 h), military mint traveling with Brutus in southwestern Asia Minor, with the proquaestor L. Sestius, 43-42 BC. L SESTI PRO Q Quaestorial chair, against which rests staff; modius below. Rev. Q CAEPIO BRVTVS PRO COS Tripod between simpulum and apex. Babelon (Junia) 39 and (Sestia) 4. Crawford 502/4. CRI 203. Sydenham 1292. Clear and pleasant. Both sides struck slightly off center, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 284
Sextus Pompey, 42-40 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.66 g, 3 h), military mint in Sicily. MAG.PIVS. - IMP.ITER. Diademed and bearded head of Neptune to right, with his trident over his left shoulder. Rev. PRAEF.CLAS ET O RAE MARIT EX S C (partially ligate) Naval trophy set on an anchor and supported by a trident; at base, two heads of Scylla. Crawford 511/2b. CRI 333. RBW 1784. Sydenham 1347. Rare. Beautifully toned, unusually well-struck and unusually well-centered. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4600 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Lot 285
Cn. Domitius L.f. Ahenobarbus, 41 BC. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.99 g, 3 h), uncertain mint moving with Ahenobarbus. AHENOBAR Lighlty bearded male head to right. Rev. CN.DOMITIVS.IMP Trophy on prow to right. Babelon (Domitia) 12. Crawford 519/2. CRI 339. Sydenham 1177. Attractively toned, struck on a broad flan, and with an interesting portrait. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 3750 CHF
Lot 286
SKYTHIA. Geto-Dacians. Koson, circa 40-29 BC. Stater (Gold, 20 mm, 8.40 g, 12 h), Olbia (?). ΚΟΣΩΝ Three togate male figures walking to left, the first and third with an ax over his left shoulder; in field at the lower left, monogram of ΟΛΒ. Rev. Eagle standing to left on scepter, holding wreath in his upraised left claw. RPC 1701A. Sharp and most attractive. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 287
PAPHLAGONIA. Sinope. Triumviral period, 39-35 BC. (Bronze, 25 mm, 8.78 g, 11 h), year 8 = 39/38. C F I AN VIII Bare head of Mark Antony to right; uncertain countermark (or flan fault?) on neck. Rev. EX D D Bare head of Octavian to right. RPC 2110/2. Extremely rare, the second verifiable, and only available, specimen known. Attractive green patina with earthen encrustations. Countermark or fault on the obverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 288
PONTOS. Amisos. Period of the tyrant Straton, circa 36-31/30 BC. (Bronze, 22 mm, 7.98 g, 11 h), struck under an uncertain Quaestor (=Q) allied to Mark Antony. Bare male head, with very individualistic features, to left; below neck, Q. Rev. AMI-ΣΟY Bare male head, balding and with individualistic features, to right, dividing the legend. This coin has been published on Wildwinds: http://www.wildwinds.com/coins/greece/pontos/amisos/Ildem_WA0013.jpg, it is otherwise unknown and is neither in the RPC or its supplements. An unusually interesting and exciting coin with two very well-made late Republican - Hellenistic portraits. Dark brown/green patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 289
Mark Antony, 32-31 BC. Denarius (Silver, 19 mm, 3.61 g, 6 h), mint moving with Antony, perhaps Patrai, autumn 32-spring 31 BC. ANT.AVG / III.VIR.R.P.C. Galley moving to right. Rev. LEG III Legionary eagle between two standards. Babelon (Antonia) 106. Crawford 544/15. CRI 350. Sydenham 1217. Very well-struck and very nicely toned. Minor scratch on the reverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
An Extremely Fine Gold Tribute Penny of Fine Style
Lot 290
Tiberius, 14-37. Aureus (Gold, 19 mm, 7.76 g, 8 h), Lugdunum, late 20s-early 30s. TI CAESAR DIVI AVG F AVGVSTVS Laureate head of Tiberius to right. Rev. PONTIF MAXIM Female figure (Livia?) seated right on a throne with decorated legs, holding a reversed spear and a branch. BMC 46. BN 23. Calicó 305a. Cohen 15. RIC 29. A remarkably fine, very well-struck piece, with an idealistic portrait of the emperor. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Second known
Lot 291
PHRYGIA. Acmoneia. Gaius (Caligula), 37-41. (Bronze, 17 mm, 4.18 g, 12 h), Krates (perhaps the same as the Krates Menokritou who was a magistrate under Augustus, but more likely a grandson). Laureate head of Caligula to right. Rev. KPATHΣ AKMONEΩN Artemis advancing right, holding bow in her left hand and drawing an arrow from her quiver with her right; before her to right, unicorn (!). RPC S3-1-3168A (Gaius Caesar) = CNG e-auction 195 (2008), 154 (Caligula). A great rarity in the series, the second example known. With a fine, high-relief portrait and an attractive dark patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 292
Claudius, 41-54. Denarius (Silver, 18.5 mm, 3.77 g, 9 h), Rome, 43-44. TI CLAVD• CAESAR AVG P M TR• P• III• Laureate head of Claudius to right. Rev. PACI AVGVSTAE Pax-Nemesis standing to right, raising fold of her drapery up to her chin with her right hand, and, in her left, a winged caduceus, pointing downwards; at her feet to right, serpent coiling to right. BMC p. 167 note †. BN 38. Cohen 53. RIC 22. von Kaenel Type 19, 359 ff. (die pair unlisted). Lightly toned and with a particularly attractive portrait. Struck on a slightly tight flan, and with some very slight roughness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 293
Nero, AD 54-68. Sestertius (Orichalcum, 32 mm, 25.81 g, 6 h), Rome, 65. NERO CLAVDIVS CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P Laureate head of Nero to right, with aegis at the front of his neck. Rev. S - C / ROMA Roma, helmeted and wearing robes, seated left on cuirass, holding Victory in her right hand and resting her left on a parazonium; behind, shields. BMC 168. Cohen 276. RIC 279. WCN 146. Attractive dark green patina. Minor marks and some remains of encrustations, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 294
AEOLIS. Kyme. Nero, 54-68. Assarion (Bronze, 17 mm, 6.51 g, 12 h), circa 54-59. ΘΕΟΝ [ΝΕΡΩΝΑ] CΕΒΑΣΤΟΝ Laureate head of Nero to right. Rev. ΚΥΜΗ ΑΙΟΛΙC The nymph Cyme standing facing, her head to left, holding a globe in her right hand and a trident with her left. BMC 128-129. RPC 2433. SNG Copenhagen 139-140. An attractive piece with a dark green patina. Some minor flatness, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 225 CHF
Lot 295
CAPPADOCIA. Caesaraea-Eusebia. Nero with Divus Claudius, 54-68. Didrachm (Silver, 20 mm, 7.51 g, 12 h), c. 63-65. NERO CLAVD DIV[I CLAVD F CA]ESAR AVG GERMA Laureate head of Nero to right. Rev. DIVOS CLAVD AVGVST GERMANIC PATER AVG Laureate head of Claudius to right. RIC² 619-20. RPC I 3647. Sydenham, Caesarea, 66. Sharp, lightly toned and most attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 296
SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria. Antioch. Nero, 54-68. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 15.03 g, 12 h), years 111 and 9 = 62/63. NEPΩN KAIΣAP ΣEBAΣTOΣ Laureate bust of Nero to right, wearing aegis. Rev. ETOVΣ AIP Θ Eagle standing right on thunderbolt, with wings spread; pellet and palm frond to right. BMC 195. Prieur 85. RPC 4185. Well struck, beautifully toned and unusually attractive. Some minor uncleaned deposits on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 297
Galba, 68-69. Denarius (Silver, 18 mm, 3.33 g, 7 h), Rome, circa July 68 - January 69. IMP SER GALBA AVG Bare head of Galba to right. Rev. SPQR / OB / C S within oak wreath. BMC 34 (there incorrectly termed laureate). BN 76. Cohen -. RIC 167. Rare. Beautifully toned and with a powerful portrait. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
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