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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.

Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Bohemond III, 1163 - 1201

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Cover Coin - book cover coin for Malloy, Preston and Seltman's Coins of the Crusader States.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years. Ex A.J. |Seltman| Collection.

crusader book
SH45453. Billon denier, Malloy Crusaders 53b (book cover coin), Choice EF, weight 0.994 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 135o, obverse + BOAMVNDVS, elongated bearded head right wearing helmet and chain-mail, crescent left, star right, A ornamented with pellets; reverse + AMTIOCNIA (sic), cross pattée, crescent in upper right angle, A's ornamented with pellets; buyer will receive a free copy of Coins of the Crusader States signed by Alex Malloy; scarce; SOLD

Taras, Calabria, Pyrrhus of Epirus, c. 280 B.C.

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Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.

Gold coins of Magna Graecia are scarce and were only minted for exceptional occasions, such as paying mercenaries. In 279 BC, Pyrrhus forces, supporting the Greek cities of southern Italy, met and defeated the Romans at the battle of Asculum in Apulia. Pyrrhus, however, lost many men, several close associates, and all of his baggage. When one of his soldiers congratulated him on his victory, he famously replied: "Another such victory and we are ruined!" From this we have the term Pyrrhic victory, a victory achieved at ruinous cost.

SH24865. Gold quarter stater, Fischer-Bossert p. 370, G59g and pl. 68 (this coin); HN Italy 986; Vlasto 49; SNG ANS 1043, VF, weight 2.134 g, maximum diameter 11.7 mm, die axis 225o, Taras (Taranto, Italy) mint, c. 280 B.C.; obverse laureate head of Apollo right, AP monogram behind; reverse TAPANTINΩN, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings open, (AP monogram) left; ex Hess-Leu, 27th March 1956, lot 12; rare; SOLD

Gaza(?), Philistia or Arabia, c. 353 - 330 B.C., Imitative Athenian Pi-Style Tetradrachm

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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.

The obverse of this coin is die linked to examples with the Aramaic letter mem on the reverse (van Alfen style group Ia, Gitler and Tal V.17), which may abbreviate Marnas, the patron deity of Gaza.
Temple of Fortuna
SH66392. Silver tetradrachm, Van Alfen New, Semitic Style Group Ia, p. 56 and pl. 11, 56 (this coin); cf. Gitler and Tal V.17 (with mem on reverse, Gaza), VF, weight 16.178 g, maximum diameter 21.7 mm, die axis 270o, Gaza(?) mint, c. 353 - 330 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; ex Amphora Coins, catalog 98, 150, Van Alfen New plate coin; rare; SOLD

Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Late Anonymous, 1250 - 1268

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This is the line drawing coin in Malloy, Preston and Seltman's Coins of the Crusader States.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years.

Antioch existed for over 1500 years, it was one of the three most important cities in the ancient world, and in the 1st century had a population of 500,000 (not counting women and slaves). On 18 May 1268, Antioch surrendered to Baibars on the condition that the lives of the citizens would be spared. As soon as his troops were within the gates, Baibars ordered the gates shut and brutally massacred everyone in the city. Lamenting that Antioch's ruler had not been present either for the siege or the ransacking and murder, Baibars wrote a detailed letter describing exactly what had been done, concluding with the phrase, "Had you been there, you would have wished you had never been born."

Historically of great importance, this coin was minted in the last throngs of the city of Antioch as it was dying.

CR31585. Bronze AE 15, Malloy Crusaders 132 (this coin), VF, weight 0.986 g, maximum diameter 17.6 mm, die axis 225o, obverse A/N-T/I clockwise in the angles of a long cross pattée; reverse ANTI counterclockwise in the angles of a long cross pattée; extremely rare; SOLD

Uncertain, before c. 480 B.C., from the Asyut hoard

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Found in Egypt, the Asyut hoard contained numerous archaic coins from almost every location that issued coins prior to c. 480 B.C. Most of the coins were test cut. The cuts provided a means for an ancient banker to verify the internal consistence of the silver.
This particular coin was apparently never struck. It is probably an ingot or planchet of the c. 11 gram standard of Cyprus, c. 500 B.C. The flan is of a shape similar to early Salamis issues. Early Salamis staters were found in the Asyut Hoard.
SH19446. Silver stater, Asyut Hoard 872 (this coin), VF, weight 10.754 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, before c. 480 B.C.; obverse blank; reverse uncertain design in incuse square; deep test cut, ex-Asyut Hoard; SOLD

Crusaders, Kingdom of Jerusalem, Baldwin III, 1143 - 1163

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This is the plate coin in Malloy, Preston and Seltman's Coins of the Crusader States.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years and co-author of "Coins of the Crusader States." Ex CNA IV mail bid sale, lot 400816, 21 Sep 1988.
SH32094. Gold cut fragment, Malloy Crusaders 59 and pl. 1, 59 (this coin), VF, weight 0.623 g, maximum diameter 10.7 mm, obverse LE + C, six-pointed star pattern; reverse V : S, multifoil; SOLD

Judaea, Pontius Pilate, Roman Prefect under Tiberius, 26 - 36 A.D.

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This unlisted variant could be a mistake in which the LI appears as a N. Like the HZ variant, the letters LI were probably badly formed on the original document; then the engravers made the confusion with and N (Fig. 63-64). -- Coins of Pontius Pilate by J. P. Fontanille and S. L. Gosline
JD35381. Bronze prutah, apparently unique, Coins of Pontius Pilate p. 59, fig. 63-64 (this coin); Menorah Coin Project rev die R8 (this coin); Hendin 1342 var, gVF, weight 1.777 g, maximum diameter 14.6 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 30 A.D.; obverse TIBEPIOY KAICAPOC, lituus (augural wand); reverse NZ within wreath (blundered LIZ = year 17); ex Amphora Coins, ex Fontanille Collection; extremely rare variant; SOLD

Crusaders, Principality of Antioch, Bohemond III, 1163 - 1201

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This is the line drawing coin in Malloy, Preston and Seltman's Coins of the Crusader States.

From the collection of Alex G. Malloy, former dealer for 40 years. Ex Spink and Son. Ex R. Pesant Collection.
SH31535. Bronze pougeoise, Malloy Crusaders 71a (this coin), VF, edge chip, weight 0.729 g, maximum diameter 16.2 mm, die axis 0o, Majority, early period, 1163 - 1188; obverse + BOAMVNDVS, fleur-de-lis with splayed foot, pellet in each angle; reverse + ANTIOCHIA, cross pattée, five pointed star in each angle, fine beaded border; rare, Very Fine examples of this type are extremely difficult to obtain; SOLD

Central Italy, c. 2nd Century B.C.

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Lindgren plate coin. The obverse copies a sculptural theme seen on coins, vases and other artwork. Iphicles was the mortal, anxious and timid twin half-brother of Hercules. Hercules protected him from serpents sent by Hera.
SH24952. Bronze tessera, Lindgren III 1646 (this coin, listed as unidentified); See Stannard, Local Coinages of Central Italy in the Late Roman RepubliC, F, weight 3.982 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, obverse the two infants Herakles and Iphicles, attacked by the serpents sent by Hera; reverse IC O S, Hercules striking Hydra with club; SOLD

Achaean League, Olympia, Elis, Peloponnesos, Greece, c. 50 - 30 B.C.

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SH20831. Silver hemidrachm, Benner p. 86, 4; BCD Peloponnesos (LHS 96) p. 176, 688 (this coin); Clerk 272, EF, weight 2.181 g, maximum diameter 17.3 mm, die axis 180o, Olympia mint, obverse ΘPAKYΛEΩN (behind), laureate head of Zeus right; reverse large Achaian League (AX) monogram, NAT monogram above, FA ligate left, XE ligate right, thunderbolt below, all within laurel wreath; attractive depiction of Zeus, mint luster, ex BCD Collection, ex Harlan Berk; rare; SOLD


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