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
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.
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.
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.
4th Century BC, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm (19mm, 5.80g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Nymph Larissa facing slightly left. Rev. Horse about to roll. Well struck and centered with considerable remaining luster.
*NEW* 4th Century BC, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm (18mm, 6.04g) XF*, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Obv. Nymph Larissa. Rev. Horse about to roll. Beautifully rendered facing slightly left head of Larissa, well struck and finished with lovely antique silvery gray patina. Fine artistic style and well centered composition.
c.4th Cen BC, Acarniania, Leucas, AR Stater (20mm, 8.55g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Pegasus. Rev. Athena wearing Corinthian helmet. A very pleasing example of the popular Pegasus types of Staters. An attractive rendering of Pegasus is well struck and centered, as is the portrait of Athena. Finished with lovely medium silvery gray cabinet patina. A very attractive example overall.
4th Cen. BC, Corinthia, Corinth, AR Stater (21mm, 8.50g) NGC AU*, 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. A highly detailed and artistic engraving. Medium gray cabinet patina. Exceptionally nice for type.
c.361-328 bc, Cilicia, Tarsus, AR Stater (23mm, 10.90g) NGC MS, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Ba'al of Tarsus seated left holding staff and eagle. Rev. Lion attacks bull. Starting with an exceptionally crisp and clear strike, this specimen shows attractive light silvery-golden patina on lustrous surfaces. The facial detailing of Ba'al is very clear with both eyes sharp, an unusual feature of the type, which often comes with a very irregular and unclear face. Reverse is equally sharp and clear.
c.361-328 BC, Cilicia, Tarsus, Mazaeus, AR Stater (23mm, 11.20g) MS, Strike 4/4, Surface 4/4. Obv. Ba’al of Tarsus seated. Rev. Lion attacks bull. Very sharply struck with a clear rendering of all design details, unlike the majority of this type, which come with mushy detailing, often on the head of Ba’al.
c.341-336/5 BC, Satraps of Caria, Pixodarus, AR Didrachm (19mm, 7.00g) NGC Ch AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Facing head of Apollo, slight right. Rev. Zeus Labraundos standing right, holding staff. A beautiful facing head portrait of Apollo struck in high relief. Just light silvery patina on bright surfaces. Outstanding for type.
c.340-280 BC, Lucania, Vella, AR Didrachm (20mm, 7.44g) NGC Ch VF, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Athena. Rev. Lion prowls. A lovely specimen, well struck and centered, showing even wear and medium antique silvery gray patina. Wonderful eye-appeal.
336-323 BC Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III (the Great) AE Half Unite (16mm, 4.82g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5. Obv. Shield with GorgoneiRev. Crested helmet. Very nice Macedonian bronze featuring a crisp, solid strike and delightful obverse engraving.
336-323 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III, AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 17.05g) NGC Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Heracles. Rev. Zeus. A beautiful Alexander the Great Tetradrachm, sharply struck and finished with lovely medium silvery gray patina.
305-281 BC, Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachus, AR Tetredrachm (27mm, 17.00g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Alexander III facing right. Rev. Athena seated left holding Nike and shield. Perfectly centered and well struck in high relief. Finished with lovely antique silvery gray cabinet patina. Ex: Rockefeller University collection.
After c. 281 BC, Calabria, Taras AR Didrachm (19mm, 6.52 g) NGC AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Rider with torch on galloping horse right. Rev. Taras on dolphin holding spears. According to Greek myth, Taras, the son of Poseidon, is rescued from shipwreck by a dolphin and rides to shore, founding the city of Taras. This wonderful series of Didrachms encompasses a myriad of obverse and reverse dies, most with similar themes of rider(s) on horseback and the myth of Taras riding the dolphin. These coins tend to be fairly mushy in strike and are often off center. This example is well struck overall and well centered. Lovely medium to deep silvery gray cabinet patina finishes this exceptional coin.
*NEW* after c.281 BC, Calabria, Taras, AR Didrachm (20mm, 6.50g) AU, Strike 4/4, Surface 5/5. Obv. Rider crowns horse. Rev. Taras on dolphin. Well struck and perfectly centered, this lovely piece is finished with beautiful silvery patina, deeper in and around the devices, with fresh, lustrous surfaces. An exceptional example of the type.