Celts, West Noricum AR Tetradrachm. Obv. Male head. Rev. Stylized horse and rider. Superb ancient Celtic Tetradrachm. Very choice AU. Fully struck with great surfaces. Finished in a lovely even antique silvery gray. Highly artistic engraving. Very scarce in this condition.
*SOLD - NEW* c.650-600 BC, Ionia, Uncertain Mint, EL (Electrum) Third Stater (13mm, 4.57g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Blank. Rev. Bipartite incuse punch. An exceptionally choice example of one of the earliest forms of coinage, made of electrum, a naturally occuring alloy of gold and silver. Rare. A recent auction comp is Heritage Lot 23234 from the April 2014 CICF World and Ancient Auction. Grading XF, 5/5, 5/5, this lot, described as "Very rare and important, an example of the very first coinage," realized $6,168.75 with the buyer's premium.
*SOLD - NEW* c.610-546 BC, Lydia, EL Third Stater (12mm, 4.76g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Lion head with radiate sun. Rev. Bipartite incuse punch. An exceptionally nice example of this highly desireable Eletrum Third Stater. Well struck and perfectly centered with strong detailing. Awarded a Star by NGC for top notch eye-appeal.
*NEW* after c. 561 BC, Ancient Greek, Lydia, Croesus, AR Siglos (15mm, 5.28g) NGC VF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Lion confronting bull. Rev. Bipartite incuse punch. An exceptional Siglos from my personal collection. My favorite example of the type for the past four years, just replaced with a coin of sharper strike, but grading 4/5 surfaces. This piece is a GREAT example, showing a strong detail, superb surfaces and lively silvery patina with deeper toning in and around the devices, giving it "Star" quaility eye-appeal. Only the second of its type I have seen in the past five years deserving of a perfect "Surface' score.
*NEW* c. 561-546, Ancient Greek, Lydia, Croesus, AR Stater (18mm, 10.38g) NGC VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Lion confronting bull. Rev. Bipartite incuse punch. Very pleasing, well centered example of this highly desireable Croesus Stater. Difficult to find this pleasing
*NEW* c.550-510 BC, Lucania, Sybaris, AR Third Stater (18mm, 2.59g) NGC XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Very appealing example of this scarce demonination. Light silvery patina with deeper toning in and around the devices, adding to the eye-appeal. Well struck and centered and awarded a "Star" designation by NGC.
*NEW* c.500-470 BC, Sicily, Acragas, AR Didrachm (18mm, 8.66g) NGC Ch VF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Eagle. Rev. Crab. Super pleasing example of this popular type. Well centered and struck with strong detailing of all design elements. Finished with lovely silvery gray patina, deeper in and around the devices and earning the NGC Star designation for top end eye-appeal.
*SOLD - NEW* c.500-450 BC, Mysia, Cyzicus, EL Hecte (10mm, 2.69g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Gorgoneion over tunny. Rev. Quadripartite incuse punch. An artistically rendered and beautifully detailed Gorgon head over tunny fish. Deep patina in and around the devices add to the eye appeal of this wonderful Hecte. Awarded a Star from NGC and deserving of Fine Style IMO. A great Electrum Hecte.
*SOLD - NEW* c.500-450 BC, Ionia, Teos, AR Drachm (18mm, 5.88g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Griffin Seated right. Rev. Quadripartite incuse punch. A truly superior example of this generally mushy strike. This coin fully struck with a majestic griffin, perfectly formed and detailed, well centered and on great metal. Seldom seen this nice.
c.460-440 BC, Attica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.13) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style, scuff. Obv. Athena. Rev. Owl, olive spray, moon. A beautiful Mint State example. Well struck and well centered with light silvery gray cabinet patina on lustrous surfaces. Awesome Eye-appeal.
*NEW* c.415-385 BC, Thrace, Abdera, AR Tetrobol (15mm, 2.80g) NGC XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Griffin. Rev. Three grain ears. Well struck and nicely centered with light silvery patina. Pleasing in every way.
AU, Strike, 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style, lt. smoothing
c.415-400 BC, Sicily, Syracuse, AE (bronze) Hemilitron (16mm, 4.10g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style, lt. smoothing. Obv. Arethusa or nymph. Rev. Wheel, dolphins. Sharply struck and perfectly centered with a lovely portrait of Arethusa gracing the obverse.
c.410-350 BC, Lucania, Thurium, AR Stater (22mm, 7.79g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Head of Athena wearing crested helmet adorned with scylla. Rev. Bull butting, fish in exergue. Pleasing example with attractive silvery gray cabinet patina.
Obv. Arethusa, dolphins. Rev. Crab. An important coin of Ancient Greece. Seldom seen in the market place, this specimen just surfaced out of an old time US collection. Of the few specimens located on an extensive auction database, none are close to the grade, quality and eye-appeal of this piece. The best of the lot, the ex: Hunt specimen, which traded subsequently at $18000 and $10,000, is not close to the quality of this wondrous example. The strike is strong and well detailed with immaculate surfaces and medium silvery gray antique cabinet patina.
*NEW* lc.400-323 BC, Sicyonia, Sicyon, AR Stater (22mm, 12.11g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Obv. Chimaera walking left. Rev. Dove in olive wreath. A wonderfully artistic and well centered (despite the 4/5 assesment) example of this very popular Greek type. Well struck with impeccable surfaces and finished with lively light silvery gray cabinet patina.
c.400-330 BC, Lucania, Metapontum, AR Stater, (22 mm, 8.00g) NGC Ch. XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Head of Demeter right. Rev. Barley ear, META left. Attractive portrait of Demeter, goddess of corn, grain and the harvest. Sharply defined barley ear on reverse, a symbol of Metapontum’s economic base
c.395-338, Boeotia, Thebes, AR Stater (20mm, 12.25g) NGC Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Beoetian shield. Rev. Amphora. A exceptional example of a relatively common type. Many are too off-center and almost all are weakly struck on the reverse, without any detailing on the amphora. This example is centered and well struck, with particularly good centering on the reverse so that the entire inscription is complete. The strike is full and even with exceptional detailing on the amphora.