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, I Monophthalmus or II Gonatus, 306 - 270 B.C.
Unpublished in the references and not yet fully attributed, this is only the second specimen of this extremely and important known to . Both specimens were struck with the same die. & Mosch wrote of their specimen: "Troxell recorded a very issue of Alexandrine tetradrachms in the name of Gonatas (The Peloponnesian Alexanders, 17, 1971, 75-6, note 68), which through hoard evidence was conclusively proven to be struck at circa 272 (see R. W. , Gonatas and the Silver Coinages of Macedon circa 280-270 BC, 26, 1981, pp. 79-123, esp. p. 104). However, this unique has no controls that would explicitly tie it to the mint tetradrachms, and even more perplexing is the of the engraving, which is clearly dissimilar to the tetradrachms as well. One might suppose that it is in fact not a coin of Gonatas at all, but rather a hitherto unknown of his grandfather, Antigonos I Monophthalmos. However, this also does not sit well, again for reasons of , which is inconsistent with the period of Monophthalmos' reign. For the time being, therefore, this coin must remain a numismatic enigma until further evidence can shed additional light on it."
There are two auction records for the & Mosch specimen: Numismatics auction 7 (22 Mar 2014), lot 454, sold for £ 4,800 plus fees; and & Mosch auction 203 (5 Mar 2012), lot 150, sold for € 3,200 plus fees. Our coin sold at Gitbud & Naumann auction 16, (4 May 2014), lot 152, apparently slipping through unnoticed by all but our astute consignor for € 575 plus fees.
SH71048. Silver , unpublished in refs; cf. Numismatics auction 7, lot 454 (same rev die) = & Mosch auction 203, lot 150, VF, struck a bit flat, 3.845 g, maximum 19.4 mm, 0o, uncertain or mint, 306 - 270 B.C.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOY, Zeus Aetophoros enthroned left, throne with high back, in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, right leg drawn back; ex Gitbud & Naumann auction 16, lot 152; extremely , only two know specimens; $1650.00 (€1468.50)
Seleukid Kingdom, Seleukos I Nikator, 312 - 281 B.C.
Seleukos (Seleucus) founded the Seleukid Empire and the Seleukid dynasty which ruled until Pompey made it a Roman province in 63 B.C. Seleukos was never one of Alexander the Great's principal generals but he commanded the royal bodyguard during the Indian campaign. In the division of the empire after Alexander's death Seleukos did not receive a satrapy. Instead, he served under the regent Perdikkas until the latter's murder in 321 or 320. Seleukos was then appointed of . Five years later Monophthalmus (the One-eyed) forced him to flee, but he returned with support from Ptolemy. He later added and Media to his territory and defeated both and . He was succeeded by his son Antiochus I.SH76216. Silver , Unpublished; I 165(1) var. (controls), cf. I 169(a) ( ), VF, very high relief, , bumps and marks, of Zeus flatly struck, 17.143 g, maximum 25.6 mm, 90o, Susa (Shush, Iran) mint, c. 295 - 291 B.C.; of Herakles right, wearing scalp headdress; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΣEΛEYKOY, Zeus enthroned left, nude to the waist, around hips and legs, right leg forward, feet on footstool, in right hand, long vertical behind in left, of facing (control symbol) on left, AP (primary control) under throne above strut, ΠA (secondary control) under strut; extremely , possibly unique - the only example known to ; $900.00 (€801.00)
Mesembria, , c. 275 - 225 B.C., Civic Issue in the Types and Name of Alexander the Great
Mesembria, Nesebar Bulgaria today, was a Doric settlement on a Black Sea island just off mainland . was invaded by the Galatians in 279 B.C. Only the wealthy coastal cities, including Mesembria, withstood their attacks. Following that chaos, rule of was divided between many tribes. Philip V, 221 - 179 B.C., tried to regain control of the for the , but his success was limited and short lived. Mesembria was taken by Mithradates VI in the First Mithradatic War and surrendered to in 71 B.C. The city struck Alexandrine tetradrachms as early as 275 B.C., more than 50 years after Alexander's death, and probably issued the very last Alexandrine tetradrachms struck anywhere, possibly under Roman rule as late as 65 B.C.SH85286. Silver , p. 84 and pl. VII, 41 (O7/R18); 992; 436, gVF, attractive , light marks and scratches, 17.000 g, maximum 31.6 mm, 180o, Mesambria (Nesebar, Bulgaria) mint, c. 275 - 225 B.C.; of Herakles right, wearing Nemean lion-scalp headdress; AΛEΞAN∆POY BAΣIΛEΩΣ, Zeus seated left, nude to waist, around hips and legs, right leg drawn back, in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, Corinthian helmet right over ΠA in inner left under arm; ex FORVM (2013); $700.00 (€623.00)
, Philip III and Alexander IV, c. 323 - 317 B.C., In the Name of Alexander
Struck after Alexander's death, under either Perdikkas or Antipater, regents during the joint reign of Alexander's mentally disabled half-brother, Philip III, and Alexander's infant son, Alexander IV. Philip was the bastard son of and a dancer, Philinna of . Alexander the Great's mother, , allegedly poisoned her stepson Philip III as a child, leaving him mentally disabled, eliminating him as a rival to Alexander. Neither Philip III nor Alexander IV was capable of actual rule. Both were selected only to serve as pawns. The regents held power, while Philip III was actually imprisoned. In 317, had Philip murdered to ensure the succession of her grandson. But Alexander IV would never rule. In 311 B.C., he and his mother Roxana were executed by the regent Kassander.SH85062. Silver , 113, 224, issue H3, 682, 275, 503, 986, VF, and struck, , light marks and scratches, 17.205 g, maximum 26.1 mm, 0o, , Amphipolis mint, c. 322 - 320 A.D.; of Herakles right, clad in scalp headdress tied at neck; BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY, Zeus enthroned left, throne without back, right leg forward (archaic lifetime ), in extended right hand, long vertical behind in left hand, Macedonian helmet left; ex & Mosch auction 245, lot 1209; $600.00 (€534.00)
, , Italy, c. 275 - 250 B.C.
In angst at not seducing with her voice, the siren , threw herself into the sea and died. Her body washed up on the near . There she was not envisioned as one of the insidious monsters of Homer, but rather like a dead hero, she was enshrined and deified and her name was given to an early settlement on the site. held funerary torch-races to commemorate and her nearby tomb and sanctuary were among the local places of interest. The river god was her father.GS84679. Silver nomos, 440; 381; 100, 63; 483; 586; -, VF, , , on a , porous, 7.114 g, maximum 18.8 mm, 45o, mint, c. 275 - 250 B.C.; of siren left, wearing , triple-pendant earring, and necklace, EY behind neck; the river-god in the form of a , walking left, turned facing, flying left above, placing on river-god's , ΛOY below, NEOΠOΛITHΣ in ; $580.00 (€516.20)
Seleukid Kingdom, Alexander I Balas, 152 - 145 B.C.
Alexander Balas, of humble origin, claimed to be Antiochus IV's son and heir to the Seleukid throne. and accepted his claims. He married Thea, daughter of Ptolemy of . With his father-in-law's , he defeated Demetrius and became the Seleukid . After he abandoned himself to debauchery, his father-in-law shifted his support to Demetrius II, the son of Demetrius . Balas was defeated and fled to where he was murdered.GS84619. Silver , II 1781.3a, 118, 875a, EF, excellent Hellenistic , lightly , slightly off center, some die wear, light marks, light deposits on , 16.950 g, maximum 28.9 mm, 45o, Antioch on the (Antakya, Turkey) mint, 152 - 146 B.C.; diademed right, ; BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞAN∆POY ΘEOΠATOPOΣ EYEPΓETOY, Zeus enthroned left, chest bare, around hips and legs and over left shoulder, offering him in his right hand, in his left hand, (control symbol) outer left, ΓΞP ( year 163) and (control symbol) in ; ex CNG e-auction 386 (9 Nov 2016), lot 328; $540.00 (€480.60)
, Roman Rule, Aesillas, 90 - 75 B.C.
This was apparently intended to encourage Macedonian pride by portraying the legendary national hero of the Macedonians, and at the same time clearly communicate Roman authority with name and of the Roman .SH77215. Silver , Group VI, 223; 1330; 3305; 1439, VF, nice , light , die wear, 14.921 g, maximum 28.3 mm, 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, ) mint, 90 - 75 B.C.; of Alexander the Great right with horn of and flowing hair, Θ behind, MAKE∆ONΩN below; AESILLAS above money-chest (cista), club, and Q over quaestor's chair ( ), all within laurel , pellet at end of Q; $450.00 (€400.50)
Parthian Empire, Pakoros II, c. 78 - 105 A.D.
Traditionally this has been called Pakoros II (or Pacorus II); however, the latest research lists only one Parthian named Pakoros. Beardless on his earliest coins indicate Pakoros began his rule very young. After many years of civil war with many rivals, including Vologases II, Artabanus III and others, Pakoros eventually reclaimed the whole of the empire. According to Cassius Dio, he sold the kingdom of Osroene to Abgar VII, and according to Ammianus Marcellinus he enlarged the Parthian capital Ctesiphon and built its walls. He maintained close contact with the Dacian ruler . In 101, Pacorus sent an embassy to the Han Dynasty of China. He disappeared from coinage around 105 A.D.GS85451. Silver , 868 (same die); 73.13; 397; BMC Parthian p. 195, 15 (notes one known with PK); -, aEF, bold strike, mild die rust, typical , holed, 3.369 g, maximum 19.5 mm, 0o, Ecbatana (Hamedan, Iran) mint, c. 78 - 90 A.D.; draped left with short pointed straight beard, wearing earring, diadem with four bands, loop behind, three diadem ends, torque without visible end, PK in Aramaic upper right; archer (Arsakes I) seated right on throne, bow in extended right hand, under legs, TA pellet under bow, squared seven-line blundered Greek around; from the L3 Collection, extremely with the king's name abbreviated in Aramaic on the ; $450.00 (€400.50)
, Roman Rule, Aesillas, 90 - 75 B.C.
This was apparently intended to encourage Macedonian pride by portraying the legendary national hero of the Macedonians, and at the same time clearly communicate Roman authority with name and of the Roman .SH77214. Silver , Group , O90/R328; 3305; 224; 1330; 1439, VF, rose , , die wear, 16.397 g, maximum 26.1 mm, 0o, Thessalonika (Salonika, ) mint, 90 - 75 B.C.; of Alexander the Great right with horn of and flowing hair, Θ behind, MAKE∆ONΩN below; AESILLAS above money-chest (cista), club, and Q over quaestor's chair ( ), all within laurel , pellet on chest , pellet at center of knot, pellet at end of Q; $400.00 (€356.00)
Hellenistic Greek, Bronze Relief Ring Fragment, Eastern Mediterranean, 3rd - 1st Century B.C.
This bronze ring fragment is very similar to the referenced ring fragment in the British Museum (click here to see it online).AS84167. cf. BM Collection 1917.0501.1267 (very similar ring fragment), bezel , 22.1 x 16.1, high relief portrait of a woman facing left, draped and wearing her hair in a bun at the back (perhaps a Ptolemaic queen, either Berenike II or ); $400.00 (€356.00)
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