ANCIENT COINS

The ancient coins below represent a selection from our inventory and are priced reasonably considering their quality and rarity. They are mostly one of a kind and it would be helpful if you can provided alternatives and indicate if you are mainly interested in a type, a portrait, or specific variety.  Photos can be provided for a refundable fee of $5.00.  See conditions and terms at end of price list for details. All coins are guaranteed genuine.

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AR =  Silver, AE= Bronze,  AV = Gold

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GREEK PERIOD ( The key citation is S. = Sear, David., "Greek Coins and their Values." )

CAELIA, 3RD CENTURY B.C. AR Trihemiobol, Obv. Ivy Wreathed Satyr Head, Rev. Heracles strangling Lion, S. 323, Very Fine. $100.00

SICILY/Syracuse TIMOLEON, 344-317 BC, AR Stater of Corinthian type, Ca. 340 BC, Obv. Pegasus Flying left, Rev. Helmeted head of Athena right, Ethnic before, 8.612 grams. ACGC 820, Dewing 930 type, SNG Munich 1120 type, also see S. 961. ( Ex. famous NFA Leu Garrett Sale, March 1985, Lot 30.)  Interesting and important historical type, written up by both Kraay in ACGC and Jenkins, coined from booty captured by the Carthaginians at the battle of Crimisus. They were minted to augment the pegasi imported from Corinth. Toned Ex. Fine, fine style. $975.00

SICILY/Syracuse, time of TIMOLEON, 344-317 BC, AR Stater of Corinthian type, Ca. 340 BC, Obv. Pegasus Flying left, Rev. Helmeted head of Athena right, Ethnic to right, (8.37 grams). SNG ANS 495. Spot of corrosion and light tooling above the head of Pegasus. See above for history. Ex. famous "Golden Gate Collection" auction. About Ex. Fine, high relief and good style. $775.00

IONIA - MILETOS, Late 6th century B.C., AR Twelfth, Lion right, like S. 3532. This is one of the earliest coins from a famous city in Ionia, now western Turkey. Very Fine .$110.00

CARIA, C. 364-167 B.C., AR DRACHM (2.38 gms), "RHODES", Obv. Head of Helios 3/4 face to right, Rev. rose, S. 5050, BMC 164 var., Very Fine. $200.00

CAPPADOCIA, 111 - 42 BC, AR Drachm, Types of S.7286, 7286, 7291, etc, Obv. head of ruler right, Rev. Athena Sta. l. holding Nike, rulers of our choice, Fine+ to VF, each .$39.00

ASIA MINOR - SIDE, Pamphylia, 2nd-1st Century B.C. AR Tetradrachm, Obv. Head of Athena right, Rev. Nike advancing left, S. 5436, BMC 19. 148, 43, about Extremely Fine.$495.00

THRACE, APOLLONIA PONTIKA (Black Sea Region), silver Drachm (2.75g), about 400 B.C., Apollonia is now known as Sozopolis, in Bulgaria, Obv. facing Gorgon Head (Gorgoneion), rev. anchor between crayfish and A, somewhat typical later type, SNG Cop. 460, S.1655 var., BMC 15 (Mysia), good Very Fine or better, lovely tone with luster showing. (Similar type, not as nice, in an auction estimated at $200.). $170.00

THRACE, MESEMBRIA, AR Diobol, Obv. crested helmet facing/Rev. META in four quarters in radiate wheel. S. 1673, BMC 2.3, SNG Dewing 1300. About Ex. Fine, toned.$115.00

KINGS OF MACEDON/ALEXANDER III, 331-328 B.C. AR Tetradrachm, Mint of "Babylon", forth group of issues, monogram in wreath, Price 3713, Muller 717, SNG Ash. 3087. Head of Heracles right, rev. Zeus stated left holding eagle and scepter, to left M., near Mint State, beautiful high relief. $975.00

ATHENS, AR, TETRADRACHM, New Style, 157-135 B.C., Obv. Head of Athena, Rev. Lwl Stg. /Head Facing; Postrale Amphora. Type of  S.2553/4/5. See background on this page. Very Fine. $450.00

SELEUCID KINGDOM, ANTIOCHUS III, 223-187 BC, AR Tetradrachm (16.81 gm. ). Nisibis, c. 209/8-200 B.C. Diad.head of Antiochus III right, with dotted border/rev. Apollo std. left on omphalos, testing arrow and resting hand on ground bow, inscription right (AN--YKOY . ), in outer left field. Cf. WSM 847, plate x, 5 (same obv. die, but second monogram in outer right field). Ex. Numismatic Fine Arts auction (XXXI, Lot 270). Fine portrait, SCARCE VARIETY, VERY FINE with darker rev. portion, nice portrait. $600.00

KINGS OF SYRIA, ANTIOCHOS VII, 138-129 B.C., AR Drachm, Obv. Diad Head right, Rev. Nike advancing left holding wreath, titles around, S. 7096, BMC 4. 73, 46, good Very Fine. $140.00

 

 

 

 

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PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY ERA B.C., AR Tetradrachm (Enlarged)

These are among the loveliest coins of Ancient times with their strong portraits and bold eagle reverses. The Mints we have here generally are among the scarcest including those in the Mints of what we call the Middle East in great historical cities such as Tyre, Gaza, Sidon, and Jappa.

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY II, 258-257 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Tyre Mint, year 28, Diademed head of Ptolemy/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend. SVORONOS 653, Plate XIX, 22, (Only two examples known to SV.), Not in SNG Cop.  About VERY FINE with excellent portrait, graffiti in upper reverse field, deposits/dark spots on edges and devices obv and rev., scarce mint, rare variety. Very reasonable  $250.00

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY II, 255-254 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Gaza Mint, year 31, Diademed head of Ptolemy/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend. SVORONOS 828, BMC 35. 137, Cf. SNG Copenhagen 458 (for year 33). About EXTRA FINE with excellent portrait, sm. dark spot on edge reverse, scarce mint. $600.00

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY II, 285-246 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Cyprus (Citium or Salamis?) Mint, Diademed head Ptolemy I wearing aegis/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend/monograms. 14.27 grams, Svoronos 402; SNG Copenhagen 525; BMC p. 50, 43; good VERY FINE or better, obverse nicely centered on extra large oval flan with stunning high relief portrait, reverse with full legends, small deposit right field, rev. slightly weakly struck; Cyprus mints scarcer than Alexandria mint, a wonderful coin! $500.00n

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, Phoenicia, PTOLEMY II, 252-251 BC, AR Tetradrachm, ACE-PTOLEMAIS Mint, year 34, Diademed head of Ptolemy/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend. SVORONOS 778, SNG Copenhagen 473. About Extremely Fine, both sides nicely centered with full legends, small edge test cut not impacting design, with excellent portrait, note all Phoenicia mints scarcer than Alexandria mint . $620.00n

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY II, 255-254 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Gaza Mint, year 31, Diademed head of Ptolemy/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend. SVORONOS 828, BMC 35. 137, Cf. SNG Copenhagen 458 (for year 33). About EXTRA FINE with excellent portrait, sm. dark spot on edge reverse, scarce mint, seen on list of well known dealer for $800. Now $595.00

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY III, 285-246 BC, AR Tetradrachm, SIDON Mint, year 3, Diademed head of Ptolemy/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend. Sear 7813 var., SVORONOS 1026 (Only 3 cited) Not in. SNG Copenhagen or BMC, Cf. Newell Pl. III, 2. VERY FINE, large oval flan, dark spots in obverse, light scrs. in field obv., with excellent portrait. RARE, not listed in many catalogues, nor seen in recent auctions.  $390.00

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY III, 285-246 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Joppa, Diademed head of Ptolemy/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend. SVORONOS--- , SNG Copenhagen Cf. 463 (for Ptolemy II), Newell Plate III, 3 var. Good VERY FINE with nice high relief portrait, large oval flan, few dark spots on reverse, Scarce mint and type, Ptolemy III being a bit tougher to find in nice condition than many other Kings of this long line. $470.00

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY III, 285-246 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Jappa Mint, Phoenicia, year 3, Diademed head of Ptolemy/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend. Sear 7812 var., SVORONOS 1041, only two specimens recorded; Cf. SNG Copenhagen 461-64, BMC 49, 28 var., SNG Cop. --; Newell Pl. III, 3 var. Good VERY FINE/VERY FINE with excellent portrait. RARE according to Sear, with ACCS certificate of authenticity, this variety not listed in most catalogues nor seen in any recent auctions. $625.00

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY III, 285-246 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Jappa Mint Phoenicia, year 3, Diademed head of Ptolemy/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend. Sear 7812 var., SVORONOS 1043 var., Cf. SNG Copenhagen 461-64, BMC 49, 28 var., Newell Pl. III, 3 var. Good VERY FINE with excellent portrait. Rare, possibly unpublished variety, rarely seen in any auctions, VF. $450.00

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY III, 285-246 BC, AR Tetradrachm, Joppa, Diademed head of Ptolemy/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend. SVORONOS 1044, only two specimens recorded; SNG Copenhagen -- ; Newell Plate III, 3 var.; nearly EF with nice high relief portrait, large oval flan, Scarce mint and type, Ptolemy III being a bit tougher to find in nice condition than many other Kings of this long line, this coin comes with ACCS certificate of authenticity and note by Sear that this coin is RARE as are all of this type. $860.00n

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY III, 285-246 BC, AR Tetradrachm, GAZA Mint Phoenicia, year 2, Diademed head of Ptolemy/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend. Sear 7813 var., SVORONOS 1045; Cf. SNG Copenhagen 459, BMC p.49, 28; Newell Pl. III, 3 var. Good VERY FINE/Very Fine, large oval flan, small spots in reverse field, with excellent portrait. RARE according to Sear, and with ACCS certificate of authenticity, variety not listed in many catalogues, nor seen in any recent auctions, . $650.00

PTOLEMAIC KINGS, EGYPT, PTOLEMY VI, 180-145 BC, AR Tetradrachm, (13.98 gm.) Diademed head of Ptolemy/ rev. Eagle on thunderbolt, legend. SVORONOS 1489, SNG Copenhagen 262. Good VERY FINE with excellent portrait. . $300.00

 

BACTRIA KINGDOM

BACTRIA KINGDOM, MENANDER I, (160-145 BC) AR Drachm, Obv. King's head/ Rev. Athena left. Mitch 1779-1782, Ex. Fine Plus. $90.00

BACTRIAN KINGDOM, ANTIALCIDAS, (145-137 BC) PUSHKALAVATI MINT, AR Drachm, Obv. Bust of King wearing flat Kausia/Rev. Zeus Seated left holding scepter and Nike, fore part elephant on left. Mitch 1847, Sear 7629, SGC 7629, EXTRA FINE . $200.00

 

PERSIA

ACHAEMEDID EMPIRE, 450-330 B.C., AR Siglos, Fine+. $80.00

 

ROMAN PERIOD

REPUBLIC

(Republican coins listed according to Sear's Roman Silver Coins by family name.  Syd.= Sydenham, The Coinage of the Roman Republic.)

Cornellia 50. Cn. Lentulus, 88 B.C., denarius, bust of mars right, Rev. Victory in biga, S. 265, C. 345/1, Syd. 702, good Very Fine. $110.00

Didia 1, Titus Didius, c. 55 BC, denarius, P. FONTEIVS CAPITO III VIR CONCORDIA, Veiled head of Concordia right, Rev. T. DID.IMP.VIL.PVB, The Villa Publica, C. 429/2a, Cr. 4290/2a, Syd. 901, a nice Very Fine, an important architecture type for the specialist and scarce this nice. $500.00

JULIUS CAESAR, 100-44 B.C., AR DENARIUS, Mobile Military Mint, 49-48 BC, Elephant right trampling serpent, CAESAR in ex./Priestly implements. Cr. 443/1, Van Meter 4, BMC Gaul 27, VERY FINE+, some areas flatly struck, elongated flan, off center as are most, but with almost full elephant and full strong "Caesar," some dark spots, with full sharp reverse.   $230.00

 

IMPERIAL PERIOD

(S.= Sear, D. Roman Coins and their Values, 4th Revised edition.  RIC= Roman Imperial Coins, BMC= Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum, VM = Van Meter, Handbook of Roman Imperial Coins.)

AUGUSTUS, 27 B.C.-14 AD, AE As, restitution by Titus 79-81 A.D., Obv. rad. head left, "Divvs Augvstvs Pater", Rev. Eagle on Globe "IMP. T. VESP. AVG. REST. S.C.", Cf. S. 530 (head right), R.I.C. 197, Fine.  $175.00

AUGUSTUS, 27 B.C.-14 AD, AE As, (10.99 gm.), Obv. Bare head right, Rev. large S C. with "M SALVIVS OTHO III A A A F F", R.I.C. 431, C. 515, Nice dark green patina, Good Very Fine.  $330.00

AUGUSTUS, 27 B.C.-14 AD, AE As, (10.51 gm.), Mint: Emerita in Lusitania, ca. 25-23 BC, Carisius, legatus pro praetore, Obv. Bare head right, Rev. large "P CARISI[VS]/ LEG / AVGVSTI" in three lines across field. R.I.C. 20, Cf. C. 388, P. Carisius was governor of the province of Lusitania. In 25 BC he founded the colony of Emerita Augusta (Modern Merida) as a result of the war undertaken by Augustus to conquer northwestern Spain. Exeptionally fine for this scarce and interesting provincial issue. Nice dark green patina, Good Very Fine.  $350.00

DIVUS AUGUSTUS deified, 14 AD, AE As, (11.00 gm.), ca 31-37, under Tiberius, Obv. DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER, Rad. head left, Rev. PROVIDENT S C, with large altar, S. 524, R.I.C. 81 (Tib.), C. 228, B.M.C. 146, nearly Very Fine.   $310.00

AUGUSTUS, 27 B.C.-14 AD, Dinarius, c. 19 BC, Obv. bare head   right, "Ceasar Augustus", Spain, Rev. "OB/CIVIS/SERVATOS", Oak Wreath, S. 490, BMC 378, C. 208, RIC 77a, Very Fine.  $325.00

AGRIPPA, died 12 B.C., AE As, (14.16 gm.) struck under Caligula, ca. 37-41 AD, Obv. M. AGRIPPA L. F. COS. III., head left wearing rostral crown. Rev. "S - C" either side of Neptune stg. left holding dolphin and trident, S.556, RIC 58, C. 3, Agrippa was a close friend of Augustus and renowned commander and was destined by Augustus to succed him, but he pre-deceased the emperor. Unusually heavy flan, Dark patina, V. Fine. $435.00

CLAUDIUS, 41-54 A.D., AE As, Obv. Bust left, Rev. Libertas, S. 638, nice portrait, well centered with full lettering, uneven surface, brown and green patina, good Fine.   $145.00

CLAUDIUS, 41-54 A.D., AE As, Obv. bare Head left, Rev. Minerva advancing right brandishing javelin and shield, S-C, S. 639, C. 84, var. RIC 66, RIC 100, BMC 149, Van Meter 17, light and dark brown patina, very strong portrait, full obv. lettering, good Very Fine.  $175.00

NERO, 54-69 AD, AE As, Head right, Rev. Victory, dark green patina, large medalic flan, S.690, Fine.  $145.00

NERO, 54-69 AD, AE As, Head right, bare with globe, IMP NERO CAESAR AVG PMAX TRPPP. Rev. draped flying Victory, S-C, holding shield inscribed SPQR, S. 590, Cohen 302/3, RIC 329, BMC 381. Ludgunmum Mint (globe), similar to Hunt Sale specimen lot #706, Splendid portrait XF/VF nice dark brown patina.  $700.00

GALBA, 68-69 AD., Billion tetradradrachm, Egypt, Alexandria, Laur head right,/Rev. Mercy/ Clemency/Eleutheria, sta. left, right hand reaching out and left leaning on column. Cf. B.M.C. G.192, S. 734 (4th edition), good Fine.  $100.00

VITELLUS, 69 A.D., denarius, Obv. laru. head right, Rev. Libertas standing facing, head right, holding pileus in extended r. hand, and long sceptre in left, LIBERTAS RESTITVTA, S --, RIC, R18, RSC 47, B.M.C. 31, flan weakness to one part of edge does not affect design, seldom is this emperor seen on such a large flan, with such well detailed portrait. Vitellius defeated Otho in North Italy and served as emperor from January to about July 69, being defeated by the troops of Vespasian; Vitellius then was seized in his palace and murdered, with is body dragged through the streets of Rome and thrown into the Tiber. A TOUGH EMPEROR IN ANY CONDITION, SCARCE TYPE, well centered, good Very Fine.  $750.00

VITELLUS, 69 A.D., denarius, Obv. laur. head right, Rev. Tripod-lebes with dolphin above, raven beneath, S. 754, R.I.C 109 (RIC, R24), RSC 111, B.M.C. 39, C. 311, SCARCE,  Fine.  $195.00

VESPASIAN, (69-79 AD) AR DENARIUS, LAUR. HEAD RIGHT, IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG/ REV. SECURITAS SEATED LEFT, PON MAX TRP COS VI (75-76 AD). S. --, RIC 91, B.M.C. 165, RSC 367, Dark toned Ex. Fine, minor test cut at 7 O'Clock, does not affect design, small light hairlines in field under toning. Superb large portrait, with luster showing through the toning.  $225.00

DOMITIAN, 81-96 A.D., AE Dupondius, Obv. rad. head right, Rev. Fortuna, Cf. C. 131 & Van Meter 94 except rad. head; Scarcer type, dark greenish brown patina with lighter highlights, Very Fine. $290.00

DOMITIAN, 81-96 A.D., AE As, Obv. Laur. head right, IMP CAES DOMIT AVG GERM COS XVII CENS PER P P. Rev. Fortuna Stg. Left, FORTVNAE AVSVSTI S C, S. 911, C.128 & Van Meter 103; nice medium brown patina with lighter highlights, Very Fine with a wonderful strong portrait.  $120.00

DOMITIAN, 81-96 A.D., AE As, Obv. laur. Head right, Rev. Minerva advancing right holding shield and brandishing spear, Van Meter 110, C. 459, (found in England, from Australian collection), Domitian paid special homage to the goddess Minerva, nice smooth green patina, good portrait, Very Fine.  $150.00

TRAJAN, 98-117 AD, AR denarius, Obv. Laureated bust right with toga on left side/Rev. Arabia, Camel st. left at left. RSC 89a, Sear 979, VERY FINE PLUS. . $135.00

TRAJAN, 98-117 AD, AE Sestertius, Obv. Laur. Head right, Rev. Ceres, standing left, modius at feet, prow behind, S. 1004, about Very Fine/good Fine, dark green patina, a really super portrait and well struck, strong portrait sestertii are getting harder and harder to find at a reasonable price.   $380.00

HADRIAN, 117-138 A.D., Denarius, Laur. head right, "HADRIANVS AVG. COS III. P.P.", Rev. Hadrian standing left, kneeling Hispania, "RESTITUTORI HISPANIAE", AN IMPORTANT HISTORIC TYPE, S. 1096/1, RSC II, 152, 1260, BMC 889, RIC 327, ABOUT VERY FINE.  $95.50

HADRIAN, 117-138 A.D., AE Sestertius, Obv. laur head right, Rev. Equity stg left, COS III SC, S. 1107, C. 385, RIC 637, BMC 1306, VM 71/1, magnificent apple green patina, good Fine/Fine- . $190.00

HADRIAN, 117-138 A.D., AE Sestertius, Obv. laur. & draped bust right, Rev. Liberalitas scene with Hadrian std. on curule bench on platform, accompanied by Liberalitas, watching a std. deputy drop coins into held-out toga of a citizen climbing the steps. This coin refers to Hadrian's first donative, in 118 A.D. Interesting numismatic theme, C. 914, BMC 1136, Van Meter 89, good portrait, rev. edges weak, from an old British collection, (Van Meter prices this type between $1,000-3,000 in V.Fine). Fine/About Fine.  $350.00

HADRIAN, 117-138 A.D., AE Sestertius, Obv. laur. bust right, Rev. Roma std. left holding Victory and cornucopiae, Cf. Van Meter 71/3, Fine.  $175.00

HADRIAN, 117-138 A.D., AE Dupondius, Obv. bust right, Rev. Alexandria std. left, SC below, RIC 844, about Fine, interesting historical type, not listed in Sear.   $60.00

HADRIAN, 117-138 A.D., AE Dupondius, Obv. laur. bust right, Rev. Cappadocia stg. left holding Mt. Argaeus & scepter, VM 100, Fine, also historical, brown patina with scattered verdigris. $100.00

HADRIAN, 117-138 A.D., AE Dupondius, (Orichalcum) 118 A.D., Obv. draped & rad. head right, Rev. Roma seated right clasping hands with Hadrian who stands before her, S.--, RIC 554, Van Meter 107. This coin refers to Hadrian's initial arrival in Rome as Augustus, interesting historical type, SCARCE, good Fine/VF.  $275.00

ANTONINUS PIUS, 138-161 AD, AV Aureus, 153-154, Head laureate right ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P XVII /REV. Antoninus, togate, standing left holding globe on extended right hand and roll in left. COS IIII. BMC 813, Friedberg #243 var., C. 312/305, S.1226 var., It was said that Antoninus grew a beard to strengthen his portrait because he had a weak chin. It is generally viewed that the portraits of him are among the finest in Roman numismatic history and also one of the most handsome men on Roman coins. This coin has a splendid high relief portrait, NEAR MINT STATE, slightly bent flan, authenticated by the INS.  $4,390.00

ANONINUS PIUS, 138-161 AD, Denarius, Head Laureate right, reverse Annona stg. left, leaning on modius filled with grain and set on a prow, with leaning rudder, holding grain ears. COS IIII, Van Meter 18/16, good VF, nice portrait (Note similar Denarius estimated in a major New York auction for $125-150). $100.00

ANTONINUS PIUS, 138-161 AD, Denarius, Head Laureate right, reverse Felicitas with cornucopiae, COS IIII, S.--, RIC 299, Cf. VM 18/7, good VF, nice portrait.   $125.00

ANTONINUS PIUS, 138-161 AD, AE Sestertius, Obv. draped & laur. head right, Rev. Ops seated left holding scepter, S C below, S. 1264, Cf. VM 78, C. 569, Cf. RIC III 612. This is the first appearance of the ancient goddess Ops on the coinage, good Fine, and SCARCE.  $270.00

ANTONINUS PIUS, 138-161 AD, AE Sestertius, Obv. laur. head right, Rev. Salus stg, left feeding snake arising from an alter, RIC 636, C. 713, VM 87, good Very Fine, slightly irregular flan, lovely strong portrait, dark smooth glossy green-brown patina.  $490.00

ANTONINUS PIUS, 138-161 AD, Dupondius, Head radiate right, reverse, Annona stg. right, "ANNONA" and SC, Cf. Van Meter 114 & 116, VG+, edge flan crack at 4 O'Clock, good portrait for type and condition.  $45.00

DIVUS ANTONINUS PIUS, Died 161, denarius (3.49 gm.) Rome, under M. Aurelius and L. Verus, 161 AD, Bare head right/CONSECRATIO, funeral pyre. RIC 438. BMC 60, C. 164. EX. NFA AUCTION XXXI, VERY FINE PLUS. . $150.00

MARCUS AURELIUS, 161-180 AD, AE Sestertius, struck at Rome 176-177, Obv. laur. head right, Rev. LIBERALITAL AVG VII IMP VIII COS III PP, S C; Liberlitas standing left, holding cornucopiae and tessera, RIC 1205, About Extremely Fine and exceptionally attractive, classic, strong "philosopher's beard" portrait, full legend on both sides, minor imperfections on reverse, with largely smooth glossy obverse surface. This quality coin was illustrated on the front cover of a Superior Auction Galleries sale. Marcus Aurelius was the author of the famous "Meditations", and is best remembered as a follower and exponent of Stoic philosophy. Large portrait bronzes of such choice quality are very scarce and becoming increasingly expensive and sought after. (D4/1635SAG32594).  $1,725.00

SEMPTIMUS SEVERUS, 193-211 AD, AR denarius, Obv. Laureate bust right./ Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. S. 682. VERY FINE. $100.00

CARACALLA, 198-217 AD, AR denarius, struck 200 AD, Obv. Laureate head, draped, cuirassed right, Obv. lg. type "C"/ Caracalla as Sol standing left, holding globe & Spour. RIC-30, C. 413, see S.1938 for similar type. Ex. Fine. $110.00

CARACALLA, 198-217 AD, AR denarius, struck 213 AD, Obv. Laureate head, draped, cuirassed right; Obv. lg. type "C"/ Rev. Monetes left, holding scales and cornucopiae. RSC 166, RIC 237, BMC 62-3 Good Very Fine, some dark patches.    $40.00

 

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GETA AR denarius (Enlarged)

GETA, 209-212 AD, AR denarius, 209AD or after, Obv. laur. head right, draped, Obv. lg. type "E"/ Rev. "Liberalalitas AVG V," Geta stg. l. holding cornucopiae and spear. Similar type of Geta as Caesar, but this as Augustus, with laur. head, as  RIC 88, BMC 234, About. Ex. Fine, nice style well centered and all legend on coin. A wonderful coin of an Emperor killed by his brother Caracalla above.  POR . 

VOLUSIAN, 251-253, AR Antoninianus, Obv. Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right/Rev. Salus standing right, feeding serpent that she holds. S.2830, RSC 118, RIC IV 184, Van Meter 34/Ol5, C. 118. Lightly toned Good Very Fine or better, with almost all silver remaining. See lot 727 in CNG auction sale XXV, p. 59, for similar example.   $90.00

 

BYZANTINE EMPIRE

JUSTIN II, 565-78 A.D., AV (Gold) Soldus, Officina 4, Obv. Bust facing/ Rev. Constantinopolis Seated, Friedberg #77, Berk 60, S. 345, NEAR MINT STATE.  $385.00

 

INDIA/GUPTA EMPIRE

SAMUDRA GUPTA, c. 335-380, Gold Stater, Obv. King stg. left, holding scepter and standard/Rev. Lakhsmi enthroned facing. Cf.  Mitch ACW 4777f. Friedberg #71 type, VF-XF, reverse slightly off center, dark  spots.  $350.00

 

BOOKS

We highly recommend reading and using key reference books for the series you are interested in. In addition to the titles outlined below for the starting collector, we can obtain most other books for special interest collectors. Contact us for specific suggestions.

G. K. Jenkins, Ancient Greek Coins, published by Seaby, with 8 color plates, it is available for $75.00 plus postage. A really nice book, with excellent pictures of many of the key Greek coins and a up-to-date text on the coins and invaluable information on collecting ancient Greek coins.

Also obtainable are: David R. Sear, Greek Coins and Their Values, Vol. I (Europe), $70.00; and Sear, Roman Coins and Their Values, in most recent revised edition, $85.00, plus postage.  Both these books are the key catalogs for the Greek and Roman periods respectively. They are a must for any serious collector.

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

We would be most pleased to obtain a specific want list of coins you are searching for in the Greek and Roman series. We are active buyers in the North American market and visit Europe at least once a year for coins of quality and good style and also attend auctions on behalf of clients and for our own account.  In the former case, we charge a modest fee of between 5-10%, depending on total, which usually is saved by not paying retail taxes and cost of personal attendance. Our knowledge of numismatics, which spans more than five decades, would be in your service in inspecting and assessing possible auction lots, and in searching the American and foreign market.    Collecting Ancient coins is a growing element of the hobby in America, while Europeans have a long history of interest in this area.

All coins are guaranteed genuine and have money back terms of 15 days from date of shipment, if in unopened original packaging. All coins are sent insured registered mail with additional cost of $3.90. Foreign coin orders are sent registered mail at buyers risk. Foreign orders min. air insured postage $16.50, or send for pro forma invoice. D.C. residents please add 6% sales tax. Alternative choices are encouraged. You may reserve your coins via phone or FAX. All coins are subject to prior sale. All coins are in bank vaults so if you come to Washington we would be happy to show them to you at our bank by appointment. 

HIGHEST PRICES PAID FOR QUALITY ANCIENT COINS

We are always seeking to buy quality and scarce Greek and Roman coins. We pay the highest prices in the market for coins we need. Please send all coins via insured registered mail for our offer and payment. All coins well be held subject to your acceptance. Include an invoice, listing all coins in detail, and your printed full name, address, and telephone number in the package. We can't make a firm offer without seeing the coins, but, alternatively, you may send a list and pictures, with your selling price, and we will respond to your offer. (greatcoins@coinsinternational.com)

  2013