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.
*NEW* c.465-460, Attica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm, NGC XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, Fine Style. Obv. Athena. Rev. Owl, olive spray, moon. I disagree with the Surface grade on this coin and was dissapointed when I got it back from NGC. I graded the surfaces 4/5. Beyond that, this is a wonderful and very eye-appealling example of the scarce "transitional Owl", struck a decade or so before the more common variety that dates from 454-404 BC. Well struck and well centered with lovely medium silvery bluish patina over immaculate surfaces. Very scarce in this condition.
*NEW* c.450-420 BC, Sicily, Leontini, AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 17.11g) NGC AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Head of Apollo left. Rev. Lion head left, barley grains & leaf. A lovely specimen, well struck and centered and finished with light golden rose cabinet patina. An example devoid of usual planchet problems, die cracks and other impairments that plague this type.
c.432-348 BC Chalcidian League AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 14.45) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, 5/5. An extraordinary striking of a wonderful, high-relief portrait of Apollo. Rev. Cithara. Gorgeous even silvery blue patina overlays both sides of this wondrous Greek coin as considerable luster eminaties from the immaculate surfaces.
*NEW* c.430-420 BC, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 16.45g) NGC VF, Strike 3/5, Surface 3/5, Fine Style. Obv. Quadriga with Nike flying above, placing wreath on charioteer's head. Rev. Head of Arethusa right, hair envelped in sakkos drawn together at top, four dolphins around. I won't argue with the grade of this coin, although I have seen 3/5 surface graded coins that are obviously corroded and pitted from a distance of five feet. I bought this coin for the artistry and wonderful eye-appeal. This piece is virtually identical to Lot 24 (and cover photo) of Roma Numismatics Auction I, Oct. 15, 2010, descrbed as the finest specimen (graded good extremely fine) of this very rare type. The portrait of the auction coin is signed with the engraver's initial A on the reverse and has a lion head pendant at Arethusa's neck. The coin was estimated at 25,000 Pounds or $37,500 (dollars). You can go to Roma's website and find the auction catalog online if you would like to compare coins. The specimen offered here is enhanced by gorgeous iridescent blue toning front and back.
*NEW* 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.
*SOLD - NEW* c.400-345 BC, Sicily, Syracuse AE17 Bronze (18mm, 5.84g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Head of Athena left wearing Corinthian Helmet. Rev. Hippocamp left. Wonderful little Greek Bronze of fine artistic style. Well made and preserved.
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.400-323 BC, Sicyonia, Sicyon, AR Stater (22mm, 12.14g) NGC VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Chimeria striding left. Rev. Dove in olive wreath. A superior coin for the grade and a wonderful, affordable example of this popular type. Nicely styled and well centered with even wear and lovely silvery gray cabinet patina, deeper in and around the devices, giving this piece outstanding eye-appeal.
*NEW* 4th Century BC, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm (19mm, 5.98g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style. Obv. Nymph Larissa facing slightly left. Rev. Horse about to roll. Although a common type with countless dies, the great majority are of little artistic merit. Maybe one in fifty would be considered “Fine Style”. The present piece is well struck with a beautifully artistic facing head portrait. Reverse shows a full horse, as many example I encounter are missing part of the horse due to off center strikes.
*NEW* 4th Cen. BC, Corinthia, Corinth, AR Stater (20mm, 8.50g) NGC Ch VF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Pegasus flying left. Rev. Athena wearing Corinthian Helmet, Artemis. Very pleasing, well struck and well centered example of this popular type. Medium silvery gray cabinet patina.
*NEW* 359-336 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 14.33g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style, Lifetime Issue. Obv. Portrait right. Rev. Zeus/king on horseback. An exceptional Lifetime issue Philip II Tetradrachm. Highly artistic engraving of Philip II is fully struck in high relief. Both sides are perfectly centered with all design details complete. Gorgeous deep two-tone silvery gray patina finishes this piece adding to the outstanding eye-appeal.
*NEW* 359-336 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, AR Tetradrachm (22mm, 14.30g) NGC Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Head of Zeus right. Rev. Youth on horseback right. An exceptional fine example and so close to mint state. Well struck with sharp detail overall. Well centered and showing considerable remaining luster.
*NEW* 359-336 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, AR Tetradrachm (22mm, 14.34g) NGC Ch MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Head of Zeus right. Rev. Youth on horseback right. A spectacular specimen, very choice Mint State, like the day it was minted.