*SOLD - NEW* c.650-600 BC, Ionia, Uncertain Mint, EL (Electrum) Third Stater (13mm, 4.57g) NGC AU, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Blank. Rev. Bipartite incuse punch. An exceptionally choice example of one of the earliest forms of coinage, made of electrum, a naturally occuring alloy of gold and silver. Rare. A recent auction comp is Heritage Lot 23234 from the April 2014 CICF World and Ancient Auction. Grading XF, 5/5, 5/5, this lot, described as "Very rare and important, an example of the very first coinage," realized $6,168.75 with the buyer's premium.
*ON HOLD - NEW* after c. 561 BC, Ancient Greek, Lydia, Croesus, AR Siglos (15mm, 5.28g) NGC VF*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Lion confronting bull. Rev. Bipartite incuse punch. An exceptional Siglos from my personal collection. My favorite example of the type for the past four years, just replaced with a coin of sharper strike, but grading 4/5 surfaces. This piece is a GREAT example, showing a strong detail, superb surfaces and lively silvery patina with deeper toning in and around the devices, giving it "Star" quaility eye-appeal. Only the second of its type I have seen in the past five years deserving of a perfect "Surface' score.
*NEW* 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
*NEW* 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.
*NEW* 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.
c.460-440 BC, Attica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm (27mm, 17.13) NGC MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, Fine Style, scuff. Obv. Athena. Rev. Owl, olive spray, moon. A beautiful Mint State example. Well struck and well centered with light silvery gray cabinet patina on lustrous surfaces. Awesome Eye-appeal.
*NEW* c.415-385 BC, Thrace, Abdera, AR Tetrobol (15mm, 2.80g) NGC XF, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Griffin. Rev. Three grain ears. Well struck and nicely centered with light silvery patina. Pleasing in every way.
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.
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.
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* lc.400-323 BC, Sicyonia, Sicyon, AR Stater (22mm, 12.11g) NGC Ch XF, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5, Fine Style. Obv. Chimaera walking left. Rev. Dove in olive wreath. A wonderfully artistic and well centered (despite the 4/5 assesment) example of this very popular Greek type. Well struck with impeccable surfaces and finished with lively light silvery gray 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
*NEW* 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, 5.98g) 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.
c.380-350 BC, Thessaly, Larissa, AR Drachm (20mm, 6.10g) NGC Ch XF*, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Nymph Larissa. Rev. Mare and foal. A very eye-appealing example of this popular Larissa type, with mare and foal on the reverse. Light silvery gray patina, darker in and around the devices, giving this piece a great look.