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.
*ON HOLD - NEW* c.650-600 BC, Ionia, Uncertain Mint, EL Twelth-Stater (6mm, 1.21g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Striated surface. Rev. Incuse punch. Very pleasing example of the one of the Western World’s first form of coinage.
*SOLD* 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.
c.440-404 BC, Attica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm (28mm, 17.14) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Athena. Rev. Owl, olive spray, moon. A beautiful example. Well struck and well centered with lovely deep two tone silvery gray cabinet patina. Awesome Eye-appeal.
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.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.
*NEW* c.405-397 BC, Sicily, Motya, AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 17.09g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. 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.
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
*SOLD* 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 Cen. BC, Arcanania, Leucas, AR Stater (20mm, 8.30g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Pegasus right. Rev. Athena wearing Corinthian helmet right, caduceus left. An exceptional example showing a highly detailed and finely styled rendering of both Pegasus and Athena. As nice an example of the Celator’s art as I have seen for this type. Finished with lovely antique silvery gray with golden and blue highlights
*NEW* 4th Cen. BC, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm (20mm, 6.04g) NGC XF*, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Obv. Nymph Larissa. Rev. Horse about to roll. Beautifully styled facing head of the nymph Larissa, well centered with great surfaces and finished with lovely antique silvery gray patina. An outstanding Larissa Drachm
*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.
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.