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The coins below were once photographed and the photograph was included in the plates of a book, periodical or other reference. Often plate coins are superb examples of the type and were part of a famous collection.


Nagidos, Cilicia, c. 380 - 360 B.C.

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This is the SNG Levante plate coin.

Nagidos, a colony of Samos, was located in Cilicia on a hill at the mouth of the Sini Cay (Bozyazi Dere) near modern Bozyazi in Mersin Province, Turkey. Nagidos minted coins with a grape cluster as a symbol of the city, some with both Greek and Aramaic inscriptions, and one type bearing the name of the Persian satrap Pharnabazus. Aphrodite appears most often on the coins, indicating her sanctuary was the most important in the city. Alexander the Great conquered Cilicia in 133 B.C. After his death, Cilicia briefly came under Seleucid rule. About 270 B.C., the Ptolemaic Empire conquered Cilicia. When the city of Arsinoe was founded on land claimed by Nagidos, the Nagidians refused to recognize the settlers. To resolve the dispute, Nagidos was designated as the mother city and the citizens of both shared a single citizenship. Cilicia came under Seleucid rule in 197 B.C. Nagidos was abandoned in the middle of the second century B.C., possibly due to attacks by the Cilician pirates.
SH13725. Silver stater, SNG Levante supplement 1 (this coin), SNG Cop 179, cf. Lederer Nagidos 24, SNG BnF 21 (similar, different controls), aEF, fantastic rainbow toning, flat strike on faces, weight 10.694 g, maximum diameter 24.3 mm, die axis 0o, Nagidos (Bozyazi, Turkey) mint, c. 365 B.C.; obverse Aphrodite enthroned left, patera in outstretched right, Eros standing behind; reverse NAΓI∆IKΩN, Dionysos standing left, bunch of vine with bunch of grapes in right, thyrsus in left, monogram left; SOLD


Athens, Greece, Pi-Style II Tetradrachm, c. 353 - 350 B.C.

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This coin is from the hoard containing at least 76 Athenian-type owls, both Athenian issues and Egyptian and Levantine imitations, and two silver "dumps" cataloged and discussed by Peter G. van Alfen, in "A New Athenian "Owl" and Bullion Hoard from the Near East" in AJN 16-17 (2004-05), pp. 47-61, and pl. 6-13. The hoard is rumored to have come from the western coast of the Arabian Peninsula.
SH66390. Silver tetradrachm, Van Alfen New p. 53 and pl. 7, 17 (this coin); Kroll Pi-Style p. 243, fig. 6; Svoronos Athens pl. 20, 13; SNG Delepierre 1475 ff.; SNG Munchen 91 ff., F, one cut on the obverse, two cuts on the reverse, weight 17.024 g, maximum diameter 21.2 mm, die axis 270o, Athens mint, c. 353 - 294 B.C.; obverse head of Athena right with eye seen in true profile, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll; reverse owl standing right, head facing, to right AΘE in large lettering, to left olive sprig and crescent; Van Alfen New plate coin ; SOLD


Larinum, Frentani, Italy, c. 211 B.C.

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GI28729. Bronze sextans, Lindgren II 179 (this coin); SNG Cop 274 var., VF, weight 5.799 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 45o, Larinum mint, obverse veiled and wreathed female head right; reverse dolphin right, LAPINOP and two pellets in exergue, V above; Lindgren plate coin; rare; SOLD







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