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.
*NEW* c.530-500 BC, Bruttium, Croton, AR Stater (27mm, 7.05g) NGC XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Tripod. Rev. Incuse of obverse type. A wonderful example of this large archaic Greek silver Stater. Very well struck and centered on good metal. Finished with medium to deep silvery gray cabinet patina, giving it the look it deserves. Scarce and desirable type.
c.521-478 BC, Island of Lesbos, Mytilene, EL (electrum) Hecte (10mm, 2.55g) NGC AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Obv. Lion head. Rev. Incuse calf head. A well struck and perfectly centered example. Well detailed with a bit of deeper toning in and around the devices, giving it a great look. Designated “Fine Style” by NGC for the artistic rendering of both lion and calf.
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 - Aspen Park Collection* c.440-404 BC, Attica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 17.14g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Athena. Rev. Owl, olive spray, moon. An exceiptionally eye-appealing "Owl", among my favorites of the hundreds I have viewed over the past five years. Sharply struck with wonderful surfaces and beautiful, deep silvery patina.
*NEW* c.432-348 BC, Chalcidian League, AR Tetradrachm (22mm, 14.45g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface. Obv. Apollo. Rev. Cithara. Well struck and centered with fine detailing front and back. Surperb surfaces show medium grayish blue patina with considerable luster showing through. An exceptional example of the type.
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.
*NEW “Aspen Park Collection” c.395-338 BC, Boeotia, Thebes, AR Stater (20mm, 12.25g) NGC Ch AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Boeotian shield. Rev. Amphora. Very sharply struck on both sides. Very close to mint state and untoned.
*Aspen Park Collection* c.386-336 BC, Thrace, Abdera, AR Tetrobol (15mm, 2.46g) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Griffin. Rev. Head of Apollo. Superb quality and eye-appeal. Perfectly centered and well struck on both sides, with highly detailed and artistic engraving. Light, attractive silvery rose and golden patina on Uncirculated surfaces. Exceptional in every way.
4th Century BC, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm (20mm, 6.08g) NGC XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Obv. Nymph Larissa facing slightly left. Rev. Horse about to roll. A very attractive Larissa showing a pleasing portrait with clear eyes and full inscription on the reverse. Finished with medium silvery gray patina and awarded a "Fine Style' designation by NGC for its artistic engraving.
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.
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.
*NEW* 4th Cen. BC, Corinthia, Corinth, AR Stater (20mm, 8.61g) NGC Ch AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Obv. Pegasus flying left. Rev. Athena wearing Corinthian Helmet, Artemis. Overall, possibly the finest I have seen of the "Pegusus" staters from the Corinthia colonies. Sharply struck and perfectly centered, this piece exhibits top visual appeal and is enhanced by light silvery patina (lighter than the photo appears). Beautiful artistry and certainly deserving of the "Fine Style" designation awarded by NGC.
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.