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* 525-450 BC, Thrace, Island of Thasos, AR Stater (19mm, 8.59g) NGC XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Satyr abducts nymph. Rev. Quadripartite incuse. Well struck for this issue with attractive light silvery patina and golden-rose highlights
*NEW* c.510-470 BC, Lucania, Metapontum, AR Stater (22mm, 7.81g) NGC Ch. VF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Barley ear, META at right, well centered with fully beaded rim. Rev. Incuse of obverse type. Nicely struck in high relief and perfectly centered with full rim. Finished with wonderful silvery gray patina, deeper in and around the devices, giving this piece wonderful eye-appeal. Pedigreed to the Clark E. Adams and Norman Applebaum Collections, Superior Galleries Auction, Dec. 11-12, 1992, Lot. No. 2013 (auction tag included).
*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 completely disagree with the Surface grade on this coin and was extremely dissapointed when I got it back from NGC. I purchased this coin from a US coin dealer who has collected ancients for many years. He has a great eye and is a top grader. We both graded this coin 5/5 Surfaces. 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.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.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.
*NEW* 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
*NEW* 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, 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* 4th Century BC, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm (19mm, 6.04g) NGC XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, 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 and well centered 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. Finished with a lovely antique silvery gray patina with golden rose highlights, this is an exceptional Larissa in every respect
*NEW* Late 4th Cen. BC, Paphlagonia, Sinope, AR Drachm (17mm, 5.06g, reduced weight standard) NGC MS, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Head of nymph left. Rev. Eagle on dolphin. Sharply struck and well centered Mint State example, basically brilliant and lustrous, with a hint of patina .
*NEW* c.380-374/3 BC, Cilicia, Tarsus, AR Stater (22mm, 10.46g) NGC XF, Strike 3/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Facing female head. Rev. Ares(?) helmeted. Although struck a bit off center, this example is among the finest I have seen in terms of artistic engraving on both sides. Gorgeous iridescent deep violet-blue toning certainly deserves a Star, although it is not so designated. The design motif on both sides is virtually complete and well impressed. The 3/5 grade is for the off center strike, and does not indicate a soft impression. This piece is well struck on both sides. This popular type well centered would run north of $3000.
*NEW* 359-336 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Philip II, AR Tetradrachm, NGC Ch MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Head of Zeus in profile, right. Rev. Youth on horseback. An astounding specimen, perfectly impressed in high relief and basically "as struck" more than 2300 years ago. The obverse if finely detailed with all hair and beard lines complete and full. Reverse is particularly unusual, with a fully detailed horse and rider showing musculature of both. One of about a dozen great Greek coins I was able to purchase in Baltimore from a private collection.
336-323 BC Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III (the Great) AR (silver) Tetradrachm (22mm, 17.19g) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style. Obv. Head of Heracles right wearing lion skin. Obv. Zeus seated left, holding scepter and eagle. A super appealing Alexander with a strong, high relief strike and lovely antique silvery gray patina. Designated “Fine Style” by NGC and fully deserving. I am becoming very familiar with NGC grading and would designate this 5/5 surface quality if I was grading based on their standard. Exceptional Alexander in every way.
Alexander III (The Great) AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.22 gr.) Obv. Alexander the Great likeness as Heracles wearing Lion Skin. Rev. Zeus seated, holding staff in left hand and eagle perched in right hand. An outstanding portrait of Alexander with a highly detailed and artistic engraving. Complete and high relief strike on broad flan. Extraordinary Mint State condition and Top End eye-appeal.
*NEW* 336-323 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, Alexander III (The Great), AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 17.23g) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Heracles facing right. Rev. Zeus seated left, holding staff and eagle. Wonderful, well struck portrait of Alexander the Great as Heracles. Perfectly centered and well struck, graced with beautiful silvery blue patina overall on distraction free, lustrous surfaces. Gorgeous Mint State Alexander Tetradrachm.
*NEW* c.359/6-335 BC, Kingdom of Paeonia, Lyceius, AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 12.76g) NGC AU, Strike 3/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Zeus portrait facing right. Rev. Heracles wrestles Nemean lion. Although off center to the left, this specimen is very well struck, much better than most and shows a complete portrait facing into a slightly enlongated planchet, giving the obverse a nice effect. Reverse is well centered and sharply struck with wonderful detailing of Heracle’s face and lion. Overall, a superior example of the type.
*NEW* 335-315 BC, Kingdom of Paeonia, Patraus, AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 12.62g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Portrait right. Rev. Apollo / cavalryman on horseback, spearing fallen enemy. Very nice, well struck portrait. Wonderful imagery on reverse, much better strike than normally seen on this issue with attractive golden rose patina in and around the devices.