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* c.485-465 BC, Sicily, Syracuse, AR Tetradrachm (23mm, 17.03g) NGC Ch VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5. Obv. Quadriga right with Nike flying above. Rev. Arethusa surrounded by dolphins. A nicely struck and well centered specimen.
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.
c.440-404 BC, Attica, Athens, AR Tetradrachm (22mm, 17.13) NGC AU*, Strike 5/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Athena. Rev. Owl, olive spray, moon. A beautiful example. Well struck and well centered with lovely silvery gray cabinet patina with rose highlights. Awesome.
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.
*At Auction - NEW* c.406/5 BC, Sicily, Syracuse, AV (gold) 20 Litrae (9mm, 1.16g) NGC Ch MS, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5. Obv. Heracles wearing lion skin facing left. Rev. Head in quadripartite. A condition rarity, choice Mint State. Well centered and struck with lustrous surfaces. As good as this type gets. This coin will be offered unreserved in the Heritage Ancient Coin Auction at the January New York International Show.
*At Auction - 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. This coin will be offered with a $15000 reserve in the Heritage Ancient Coin Auction at the January New York International Show.
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 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.
*NEW* 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.