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Iberia

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Spain Castulo, AE unit - 15.4 gram, 16 mm, late 3rd cent BC.
Obv: diademed male head right.
Rev: Sphinx standing right, raising forepaw, star above paw.
Ex Barcelona flea market.
CNH 7
Spain Castulo mid 2nd century BCE,AE AS - 12.93 gr.
Obv: Laureated male head right, CN behind. nice curls.
Rev: Bull standing right, CN and crescent above, FVL.CNF before. all within border of pellets.
Ex Barcelona flea market.
CNH pg. 332

Greek Gaul:

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Massalia 4th century BCE, AR obol (0.57 gm) 12x10 mm = see my comments on the Miletos coin on the next page.
Obv: Young head left.
Rev: M-A in wheel.
Ex F. Robinson.
Sear 72.

Celtic

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Celts Of Britain, Iceni, 45-50 AD. AR silver unit
Obv: Double crescent pattern with two dots in centre.
Rev: Celticized horse right with three dots on shoulder, dot within rayed circle below.
Ex .
VA 756-1, rare. BMC 4283

Greek Italy (Magna Graecia):

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Apulia, Arpi Circa 3rd Century BC AE21 (6.12 gm)
Obv: Laureate head of Zeus left, [thunderbolt behind]
Rev: ARPANWN, boar right, spear above
ex: Harlan Berk
one of 3 gifts from my wife selected based on price and beauty.
SNGCop 603, SNG Klagenfurt 103, NAC-6 #21
Campania, Hyria 405-385 BCE AR Nomos/didrachm (20.46 mm; 7.3 gm)
Obv:Helmeted head of Athena right, owl on helmet
Rev: Man-headed bull right; inscription above.
Ex: Ancient Imports
The Hyrian Celators didn't quite reach the level of most of the other city-states of Magna Graecia.
SNG ANS 255
Campania, Neapolis 400 - 350 BCE Nomos/didrachm (6.85 gm)
Obv: Head of Nymph right
Rev: Man-headed bull walking left being crowned by Nike
?
Campania, Neapolis. Circa 300-280 BC. AR Nomos (7.34 gm)
Obv: Diademed head of Nymph left; pendant earring
Rev: Man-headed bull walking right being crowned by Nike; IS below; inscription in exergue.
ex Frank Robinson auction 62, lot# 81
SNG ANS 400
Campania, Neapolis. Circa 300-280 BC. AR Nomos (7.13 gm)
Obv: Diademed head of Nymph left; pendant earring
Rev: Man-headed bull walking right being crowned by Nike; IS below; inscription in exergue.
ex Steve Damron
SNG ANS 400
Campania, Neapolis 300 - 275 BCE AR Nomos (didrachm) (7.13 gm)
Obv: Head of Nymph right wearing diadem and pendant earring;grape leaf behind
Rev: Man-headed bull walking right being crowned by Nike
ex: Mediterranean Coins
Sambon 467
Lucania, Metapontion. Circa 510-470 BC. AR Nomos (8.00 g, 12h).
Obv: Ear of barley with six grains Rx: Incuse ear of barley with six grains.
VF, struck with worn obverse die. Well struck.
ex: CNG 70, Lot: 19
Noe 192 (same obv. die); SNG ANS 233; HN Italy 1482.
Lucania, Metapontion. Circa 330-290 BC. AR Nomos (7.72 g, 12h).
Obv: Wreathed head of Demeter right.
Rev: Barley ear of 10 grains with leaf to right; ?Y to lower left, star above leaf. ME visible to left.
Johnston Class C, 8.2; HN Italy 1592; SNG ANS 502 .
Lucania - Metapontum stater @ 4th century BCE (7.44 gr.)
Obv: Head of Nymph right, hair in laurels.
Rev: Barley ear, leaf at left.
ex: H. C. Lindgren
BMC 96 (or therabout)
Lucania - Metapontum stater @ 4th century BCE (7.70 gr.)
Obv: Head of Nymph right, hair in laurels.
Rev: Barley ear, leaf at left.
ex: H. C. Lindgren
SNG ANS - 376v
Lucania - Metapontum stater, 325-280 BC (7.71 gr.)
Obv: Wreathed head of Demeter left, wearing triple-pendant earring.
Rev: Seven-grained Barley ear, rake above leaf, delta A left, META right.
ex: Windsor Antiquities
Johnston Class C, 5.6; SNG ANS 452ff
Lucania - Metapontum stater @ 4th century BCE (7.55 gr.)
Obv: Head of Nymph right, wearing single pendant earring, hair in bound by sphendone or sakkos.
Rev: Barley ear, META left.
ex: Frank Robinson sale. 8/22
Noe 514/515
LUCANIA, Metapontion. Circa 330-290 BC. AR Nomos (6.80 gm)
Obv: Wreathed, three-quarter facing head of Demeter, head turned slightly right, wearing necklace and earrings; A[G] in right field below earring.
Rev: [META] upwards on left, seven-grained barley ear, leaf to right; bucranium above leaf.
ex: Frank Robinson
SNG ANS 463-464
LUCANIA, Metapontion. Circa 330-300 BC. AR Nomos (6.80 gm)
Obv: Wreathed head of Demeter right.
Rev: barley ear, leaf; to the right, a plow.
ex: Dr. Papito collection, ex Superior Auctions XII-12-14 1987, ex John Twente
BMC 96
LUCANIA, Metapontion. Circa 330 BC. AR Nomos (7.79 grams. 21 mm)
Obv: Bearded head of Leukippos to right, wearing Corinthian helmet; behind, lion?s head right.
Rev: barley ear, club above leaf.
ex: ex Lodge Antiquities
SNG ANS 432ff; HN III, 1575; Johnston B2.2 ff
LUCANIA, Metapontion. Circa 330-290 BC. AR Nomos (6.80 gm)
Obv: Wreathed head of Demeter right.
Rev: [METAPon] upwards on right, barley ear, leaf; to the left, a locust (worn).
ex Frank Robinson
Noe 439
LUCANIA, Metapontion. Circa 350-300 BC. 15 (2.39 gm)
Obv: Head of Athena left wearing Corinthian Helmet.
Rev: ME and torch Around three barley ears.
ex: Ancient Imports.
ANG ANS 582
Lucania, Paestrum; 15, 268-89 BCE (3.57 gm.); Sextans
Obv: Head of Demeter Right within beaded border.
Rx: Forepart of boar right; below, two pellets; PAIS above.
ex John Twente
SNGANS 576
Lucania, Poseidonia; AR Nomos 480-400 BCE (8.02 gm.)
Obv: Poseidon advancing right brandishing trident.
Rx: Bull standing left within shallow incuse. reversed inscription above.
ex Steven Camron, Numis Coins
SNG ANS 653, 658
Lucania, Poseidonia; AR Diobol 480-440 BCE (8mm, 1.23 gm.)
Obv: Poseidon advancing right wearing chlamys brandishing trident.
Rx: Bull standing left within shallow incuse. inscription above.
ex Steven Camron, Numis Coins
SNG ANS 636
Lucania, Thourioi . Circa 440-410 BC. AR Nomos (7.71 gm)
Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing Attic helmet decorated with laurel wreath.
Rev: Bull walking left; fish in exergue.
Ex Mediterranean Coins
SNG ANS 879; SNG Lockett 466
Lucania, Velia @ 300 BCE didrachm
Obv: helmeted head of Athena left with pendant earring (must look good in battle); Dolphin on helmet phi (signed by Philistionos) on the neckpiece
Rev: Lion walking right; UELHTWN in ex. Above Trident between phi and Iota
ex Frank Robinson
Check out the beautiful treatment of the eye whose pupil has toned black! Unfortunately, it is in a misattributed slab and the weight is uncertain.
Similar to Sear 454; Williams 503 (same dies)
Bruttium, Brettii. Circa 216-214 BC. AR Drachm (4.81 g, 1h). Attic Standard. Second Punic War issue.
Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Nike right; behind, Ibis standing right
Rx: River god standing facing, crowning himself with wreath and holding scepter; ? to right
ex CNG auction 75 Lot 44
Arslan dies 67/90; Scheu 50; HN Italy 1962.
Bruttium, Kroton 390-340 BCE AR Nomos (7.76 gm)
Obv: Eagle standing left on olive branch.
Rx: Tripod; ? in field.
ex John Twente
SNG COP 1796; SNG ANS 360
Bruttium, Kaulonia 470-440 BCE AR Nomos (7.4 gm)
Obv: Apollo holding laurel branch; small figure on arm, stag before, with head turned back.
Rx: Stag standing right
ex 500 bc
SNG ANS 169
Tarsos, Calabria 272 - 235 BCE AR Nomos (6.4 gm)
Obv: Nude warrior on horseback right holding shield and spearing.
Rx: Taras on Dolphin left holding kantharos and trident; head of nymph behind.
ex CNG Auction 59
My mother's family is from Calabria. Although the ancient region of Calabria is geographically different than the modern one, Maybe one of my ancestors touched this coin.
SNG ANS 1197ff
MESSANA , 220-200 BCE 311 Pentonkion
Obv: Laureate head of Ares left.
Rev: Horseman stg. left, holding spear and touching horse's head. Mamertinan right.
Sear 1143
SICILY, Akragas. Circa 500-495 BC. AR Didrachm 19mm, 8.44 g
Obv: Sea eagle standing left.
Rev: Crab within shallow incuse circle.
Ex: Steven Damron Coins
Jenkins, Gela, group II, pl. 37, 8; SNG ANS 923-8
Sicily, Himera Hemilitron, 17.63 mm , 4.99 gms; 400-380 BC
Obv: Head of nymph Himera left, six pellets before.
Rev: Six pellets within laureal wreath.
Ex: Ancient Imports
My wife picked this out as the most beautiful coin on Vcoins under $100.
BMC 54
SICILY, Syracuse. Agathokles. 317-289 BC. AR Tetradrachm (16.88 gm). Circa 310-305 BC
Wreathed head of Artemis-Arethusa left, three dolphins swimming around, [NK] below neck
Charioteer driving galloping quadriga left, holding kentron in right hand, reins in left; triskeles above, SURAKOSIWN and AI monogram in exergue.
Ex: H. D. Rauch Auction 76 Lot # 218
SNG ANS 634;SNG Copenhagen 753, var.
SICILY, Syracuse. Agathokles. 317-289 BC. 22 (9.41 gm).
SWTEIPA in right field - Head of Artemis Soteira right, flowing hair tied at back; quiver at shoulders
winged thunderbolt.
Ex: CNG. This is the 3rd coin selected by my wife for its beauty.
Calciatti II pg. 277, 142; SNG ANS 708
Sicily, Syracuse Time of Dionysios I. 405-367 BC.; Drachm, 34.1 gm 31mm. Struck circa 395-367 BC.
OBV: Head of Athena left, wearing Corinthian helmet; SYRA in left field.
REV: Sea-star between two dolphins..
SNG ANS 454
Sicily, Syracuse - 317 - 289 BCE; 21, 8.70 gm.
OBV: SURAKOSIWN, reathed head of Persephone left.
REV: Charioteer driving quadriga; star above.
Ex: John Lavender
CNS II p. 268, 27
SICILY, Syracuse. Philistis, wife of Hieron II. 275-215 BC. AR 16 Litrai - Tetradrachm (26mm, 13.04 g, 6h)Struck circa 218/7-214 BC
OBV: F Diademed and veiled head left; wreath to rightbr> REV: Nike, holding reins in both hands, driving slow quadriga right; ? above.
Ex: Gemini V 2009, lot 488
BAR issue 65; SNG ANS 874
SICILY, Syracuse. Philistis, wife of Hieron II. 275-215 BC. AR 16 Litrai - Tetradrachm (26mm, 13.45 g, 6h)Struck circa 218/7-214 BC
OBV: F Diademed and veiled head left; wreath to rightbr> REV: Nike, holding reins in both hands, driving slow quadriga right; ? above.
Ex: Gemini V 2009, lot 46
BAR issue 65; SNG ANS 874
Syracuse. Circa 405-400 BC. AR Dekadrachm (24.62 gm)
Obv: Charioteer driving galloping quadriga left, holding kentron in right hand, reins in left; Nike flying above and crowning charioteer; below heavy exergual line: a military harness, shield, greaves, cuirass and Attic helmet all connected by a horizontal spear.
Rx: Wreathed head of Arethusa left, wearing triple-pendant earring and necklace, four dolphins swimming around; shell behind.
Yeah, well I wish. This is one of two fake coins in my collection. Hand struck with dies cast from originals, but not silver and not very old. still it is nice to look at.
Gallatin R.VIII/F.I; Dewing 907
Siculo-Punic tetradrachm - Ras Melqart (Cape Herakles)
CARTHAGINIANS in SICILY c. 330BC, 16.26 gm, 25mm
OBV: Female head l with triple earring, leaf wreath, four dolphins surrounding
REV: Quadriga r, horses rearing up but regular, single line exergue, Punic legend in exergue - RSMLQRT
Ex: 500 BC
Jenkins SNR 50, plate17/32
Sicilo-Punic, 4th century BCE 13, 3.23 g.
Obv: Head of Tanit left.
Rev: Horse left with raised foreleg.
Ex. H. C. Lindgren
SNG Copenhagen 1026
ZEUGITANA, Carthage. Late 4th-early 3rd Century BC. 17mm (3.12 gm).
Obv: Head of Tanit left.
Rev: Horse left, palm-tree behind.
Ex. John Jencek
SNG Copenhagen 109; Mller 163.

Mainland Greece:


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THRACE, Apollonia Pontica 450-400 BC. AR Drachm (3.12 gm).
Obv: Head of Gorgon facing, tongue protruding.
Rev: Anchor with crayfish and A in angles.
SNG.Cop.454 BMC 153
Thrace, Istros AR Stater @4th century BCE (5.88 gm)
Obv: Two male heads facing, the right inverted.
Rev: Sea eagle on dolphin left. ISTRIH ABOVE
Istros was the Greek name of the Danube and of the (local) river god by personification. The Lower Danube territory was called Istria. The inhabitant was Istrianos. - Dr. Gyula Petranyi.
Sear 1669 v
Thrace, Istros AR Stater @4th century BCE (3.88 gm)
Obv: Two male heads facing, the right inverted.
Rev: Sea eagle on dolphin left. ISTRIH ABOVE
Istros was the Greek name of the Danube and of the (local) river god by personification. The Lower Danube territory was called Istria. The inhabitant was Istrianos. - Dr. Gyula Petranyi.
Sear 1669 v
Thrace, Abdera 14. 3rd century BC
Obv: young male (Apollo?) head in linear square; ABDIRITEWN around.
Rev: [Q]EUDN below Griffin seated right.
Mouschmov - 2444v
THRACE, Byzantion. Circa 340-320 BC. AR Siglos
Obv: Heifer standing left on dolphin; monogram above.
Rev: Mill-Sail incuse punch.
SNG BM Black Sea 21; SNG Copenhagen 476
Thrace, Cherronesus, Hemidrachm @350 BCE (2.20 gm)
Obv: Forepart of lion looking back
Rev: Incuse punch square with monogram & pellet and plow.
I love the look of this small coin. The engraver (celator) who etched this 12 mm coin was a master and had great eye sight!
Similar to Weber 2414
Kindom of Thrace. Lysimachos, Tetradrachm - 323-281BCE (16.03 gm)
Obv: Diad. head of Alexander the Great right, wearing horn of Ammon
Rev: Athena enthroned l. holding Nike, Leaning on shield. Monograms in left field and in exergue
Ex. Rich Pearlman
Sear 6814 var
Kindom of Thrace. Lysimachos 323-281 BCE, AR Drachm (3.73 gm)
Obv: Head of Herakles w/ Lion skin right, within beaded border.
Rev: Zeus enthroned l. holding scepter.
Ex. Numis Coins
Sear 6812 var
THRACE, Byzantion. Circa 340-320 BC. AR Siglos 5.2 grams
Obv:Heifer standing left; dolphin below, monogram above.
Rev: Incuse square of mill-sail pattern.
ex - triton VI large lot
reference SNG BM Black Sea 21; BMC Thrace pg. 93, 1; SNG Copenhagen 476
Thrace, Maroneia. Circa 398-385 BC. 11mm
Obv: Vine with grape cluster within incuse square.
Rev: Horse galloping right.
?
Thrace, Maroneia. Mid 2nd-mid 1st centuries BC. AR Tetradrachm (31 mm; 16.25 gm)
Obv: Dionysos right wreathed in ivy.
Rev: Dionysos standing left holding grapes.
Sear 1635
Thrace, Maroneia @ 130 BCE 18
Obv: Dionysos right wreathed in ivy.
Rev: Dionysos standing left holding grapes and two narthex wands.
SNG C 646
Alexander III (the Great) Tetradrachm Thrace, Mesembria mint @310 BCE 27 mm, 16.43g.
Obv: Herakles/Alexqander in lion skin right.
Rx: Zeus entroned w/ eagle; Monogram below; ALEXANDER inscription right.
?
Thrace, Messembria, AR diobol, (1.30 g)
Obv: Facing Corinthian helmet.
Rev: Wheel; M E T A in spaces
Sear 1673
Thrace, Messembria 17 400-350 BCE
Obv: Crested helmet facing.
Rev: M E T A in four quarters of radiate wheel.
Sear 1675
Thrace, Messembria. Alexander III, 18 325-300 BCE
Obv: Herakles in lion skin right.
Rev: Horse and rider right; B A above, monogram below.
Price 71
Islands off Thrace, Thasos. Mid 2nd-mid 1st centuries BC. AR Tetradrachm (31 mm; 16.5 gm)
Obv: Dionysos right wreathed in ivy.
Rev: Herakles standing left, holding club and lion's skin; monogram to inner left .
SNG Copenhagen 1040
Islands off Thrace, Thasos. Mid 2nd-mid 1st centuries BC. AR Trihemiobol (.83gm)
Obv: Satyr running left, tail trailing behind, holding Kantharos, grapes before.
Rev: THASION on either side of amphora .
SNG Copenhagen 1030
MACEDON, Philip II, - AR Tetradrachm (14.03 gm) 359-336 BCE
Obv: Laureate head of Zeus right.
Youth on horseback right, holding palm; radiate head of Helios under belly.
Pella mint. Struck 348-342
Le Rider 144 (D-/R116 - unlisted obverse die, similar to D93); SNG ANS 366ff; EX CNG Sale 60
Macedon, Philip II 340 BCE 18
Obv: Philip right.
Rev: Boy on Horseback - Alexander?.
Price 2133
Macedon, Akanthos. AR Tetrobol 470-390 BC (2.27 gm)..
Obv: bull left, head reverted; Olive sprig above.
Rev: granulated quadripartite incuse.
Ex Frank Robinson sale 3/06
similar to SNG ANS 34
Macedon, Antigonos Gonatas 277 - 239 BCE. 19 4.71g.
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev: Pan erecting a trophy.
Price 71
Macedon Antigonos Gonatas, 277 - 239 BCE AR Tetradrachm (16.96 gm).
Obv: Head of Pan in middle of Macedonian shield.
Rev: Athena hurling thunderbolt, shield in left arm.
Ex: Steven Damron
SNG.Cop. 1202
Macedon Philip V 18 200-179 BCE
Obv: Zeus right wearing oak wreath.
Rev: Athena Alki throwing spear right; thunderbolt at feet.
SNG 1244
Macedon, Anonymous Kings. After 311 BC. 16mm
Obv: Macedonian shield w/ thunderbolt in center.
Rev: B-A across field, cavalry helmet; thunderbolt below.
SNG Copenhagen 1119 var. ; Price 416
Macedon under Roman rule after 168 BCE tetradrachm (41 mm; 16.56 gm)
Obv: Diademed head of Artemis right quiver over shoulder in center of Macedonian shield
Rev: Club with oak leaves; monograms; Thunderbolt left.
SNG Copenhagen 1313
Macedon under Roman rule - Aesillas @ 70 BCE tetradrachm (32 mm; 16.31 gm)
Obv: Diademed head of Alexander right; Q behind.
Rev: Money chest, club and chair.
SNG Fitzwilliam 2350
Macedon Autonomous issue, 185-168 BC. AR Tetrobol (1.90 gm).
Obv: Wreathed head of maenad.
Rev: Stern of galley with two persons standing.
Ex: Frank Robinson
SNG.Cop. 1292
Illyria, Dyrrhachium 1st c. BCE AR drachm (3.19 gm)
Obv: Meniskos [Fi]lota; Cow standing right suckling calf; hound below, torch to right.
Rev: Square containing double stellate pattern.
From the final series of drachms struck there.
These coins of Apollonia and Dyrrhachium are some of the most common and least expensive of Greek coins. Better grade staters are more expensive. For a very good presentation on these fascinating coins, visit the website of Dr. Gyula Petranyi in Cyprus. There is more to these coins than meets the eye.
Sear 1900
Illyria, Dyrrhachium 1st c. BCE AR drachm (3.19 gm)
Obv: MENISKOS, Raven above; Cow standing right suckling calf.
Rev: Square containing double stellate pattern.
Schinkel 320; BMC 62
Illyria, Dyrrhachium Circa 340-280 BC. AR Stater (21mm, 10.82 g, 4h)
Obv: Cow standing left, looking back at suckling calf standing right below; above, lizard left
Rev: Double stellate pattern, divided by double line, in double linear square border; club to left; all within linear circle border.
CNG auction 96
Sear 1900 Maier 21; Meadows, CH (forthcoming) 178 (this coin); SNG Copenhagen ?; BMC 19 (same dies). Very rare
PAEONIA, Kings of. Patraos. 335-315 BC. AR Tetradrachm (12.78 gm)
Obv: Laureate head of Apollo right.
Rev: Horseman riding down fallen warrior; M monogram above.
Ex. Frank Robinson
SNG ANS 1031
Thessaly, LARISSA - AR Drachm (5.81 gm) - 400-370 BC
Obv: Nymph Larissa facing slightly to right within row of dots.
Rev: Horse standing & grazing right;  Greek inscription LAPIS above.
Ex. Harlan Berk
Lorber Group 79.2
Thessaly, LARISSA - AR Drachm (5.7 gm) - 350-340 BC
Obv: Larissa three-quarter face to right.
Rev: Horse standing right, about to roll;  Greek inscription above and below, row of dots below LARIS above, AIWN below.
On the term "Larissa" from Liddel-Scott via Andreas Papadopoulos:.
i. a name of many old Greek cities - of Pelasgic origin (Strabo).
Originally denoted a citadel, hence Stephanos of Byzantium referring to the Larissa of Argos, .
also for Corinth and I guess many many other places - indeed the ancient/Hellenistic wall foundations of the citadels of both these cities still survive .
with medieval and later fortifications added to them and they are built atop high/very steep hills.
Modern tourist guides for Argos still mention that the.
citadel (akropolis) is built on a hill called Larissa. .
The akropolis of Corinth is nowadays known as Akro-korinthos.
2124v SNG Copenhagen 121
Phokis, Federal Coinage (2.76 gm) - 480-421 BC AR Triobol
Obv: Bull's head facing; Ring hanging from horn (?).
Rev: Laureate head of Delphian Apollo right.
Notice the countermark above the bull's head. It resembles the one on the Athens tetradrachm below. Could this coin have traveled to India?? Is there an alternative explanation for this form of countermark?? I love a mystery?
Ex. Mediterranean Coins
SNG Cop - 100
Lokris, Lokris Opuntia. Circa 338-300 BC. AR Hemidrachm (2.59 gm).
Obv: Wreathed head of Persephone right.
Rev: Ajax advancing right, nude but for crested helmet, brandishing sword and shield on which is a griffin.
Ex Frank Robinson sale 3/06
SNG Copenhagen 48ff
Lokris, Lokris Opuntia. Circa 356-338 BC. AR Tetradrachm (12.10 g, 11h).
Obv: Wreathed head of Persephone left, wearing triple pendant earring and necklace.
Rev: Ajax advancing right, nude but for crested Corinthian helmet, holding sword and shield decorated with griffin; arrow and spear below.
Ex ex: CNG auction 75, lot 168
Wartenberg 12; SNG Copenhagen 43 (same obv. die)
BOEOTIA, Thebes. Circa 395/390-338 BC. AR Stater (11.91 gm).
Obv: Boeotian shield
Rev: Amphora; KA-LLI (Magistrate) across field.
Ex. CNG 64, Lot: 191
Probably struck 363-338 BCE
Hepworth 63; BMC Central Greece pg. 83, 151; SNG Copenhagen 340.
BOEOTIA, Federal Coinage. Circa 250 BC. AR Drachm (18mm, 4.97 g)
Obv: Three-quarter facing head of Demeter or Kore, slightly right
Rev: Poseidon standing right, resting on trident and holding dolphin; monogram and Boeotian shield to right
Ex. CNG 148, Lot: 137
BCD Boiotia 99; SNG Copenhagen 383.
Corinth stater @390 BCE, (8.57 gm)
Obv: Helmeted laureate head of Athena left; Ivy leaf in right field
Rev: Pegasos; Koppa below.
Ex. F. Robinson
?
Corinth stater @390 BCE, (8.55 gm)
Obv: Helmeted laureate head of Athena left; dog behind
Rev: Pegasos flying left.
Ex. F. Robinson
?
CORINTHIA, Corinth. Circa 350-300 BC. AR Drachm (2.19 gm)
Obv: Head of Aphrodite left, hair in sakkos; monogram to right
Rev: Pegasos flying left.
Ex. Damron Coins
BCD Corinth 171
PELOPENNESE SIKYON AR HEMIDRACHM 360-330BC (2.60 gms.)
Obv: Chimera walking left.
Rev: Dove flying left; pellet above tail.
Ex. F. Robinson
Sear Greek - 2774
Euboea, Chalkis 290-273/1 B.C. AR drachm (17 mm, 3.74 g)
Obv:Head of the nymph Chalkis right
Rev: CAL, eagle right, grasping serpent in talons; caduceus before.
Ex: BCD Collection; Ex: JC Lavender
Picard 30
Euboea, Histiaea 196-146 B.C. AR Tetrobol (1.61 gm)
Obv: Head of Nymph Histiaea right
Rev: Nymph Histiaea seated r. on stern of galley.
A prayer to a nymph ala St. Christopher. Histiaea holds the sail steady for a safe journey.
BMC 47
Athens, @400 BCE tetradrachm
Obv: Helmed head of Athena right w/ countermarks
Rev: Owl right facing; Olive spray and crescent above; AOE.
This old worn coin is what the hobby is all about. If the attribution is correct (confirmed by David Sear), this coin was minted in Athens. The sun crescent countermark is Mauryan [Indus Valley - Indian]. The coin was purchased from a dealer in Lebanon. Thus, this coin may indicate a complete trade route from Athens to India to Phoenicia. The V countermark remains unattributed.
BMC 47
Athens tetradrachm struck 449-413 BCE (17.08 gm)
Obv: Head of Athena facing right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, her hair is drawn across the forehead in parallel curves with a pearl necklace hanging from her earings. Bankers mark on cheeks.
Rev: AOE - Owl standing right, head facing, olive-twig and crescent above left.
Ex: Steven Damron
SNG Cop-31
Athens tetradrachm struck 449-413 BCE (17.03 gm)
Obv: Head of Athena facing right, wearing crested helmet ornamented with three olive leaves and floral scroll, her hair is drawn across the forehead in parallel curves with a pearl necklace hanging from her earings. Bankers mark on cheeks.
Rev: AOE - Owl standing right, head facing, olive-twig and crescent above left.
Ex: Gary Huber
SNG Cop-31
Athens, New Style AR tetradrachm, 115/116 BCE (16.61 gm)
Obv: Helmeted head of Athena right.
Rev: Owl on Amphora. Poppy & wheat in rt. field; Pi Omega below.
Ex H. D. Rauch
Sear 2556v
Athens 20 229-166 BCE
Obv: Head of Athena right, wearing helmet ornamented w/ 3 leaves.
Rev: Owl Standing right with wings spread; Amphora right.
Interesting die break or double strike. Athena's face should be facing due right. The error makes the helmet look corinthian and pushed back as in the Corinthian Staters. This is not how it was to look - unless a celator was having some fun.
reference - Sear 2564
Aegina, 457-431 BCE, AR stater; 18mm, 12.34 grams
Obv: land tortoise with segmented shell.
Rev: large incuse square, skew design.
ex - CNG; ex - Ephesus Coins
A separate page with background and more images on this coin.
reference - Sear 2600
Odessos After 200 BCE
Obv: Great god of Odessos right.
Rev: Rider on horse prancing; monogram below.
reference - Sear 1679

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Top photo credit: Metropolitan Museum; Neck-amphora (jar) with lid, ca. 540 B.C.; Archaic; black-figure - www.metmuseum.org
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