Friday, 17 February 2017

Spectacular Ancient Coins

A silver Tetradrachm, Thrace dates from 386-375 BC and depicts a Griffin preparing to spring on the obverse with a nude image of the god Apollo carrying a laurel branch and patera and accompanied by a stag. About $7,500

Gold octadrachm from the reign of Ptolemy II in Alexandria from 285-246 BC. Arsinoe II on the obverse, a double cornucopia appears on the reverse. $11,500.
Thrace - Tauric Chersonesus, Pantikapaion, (c.320 B.C.), gold stater, (9.13 gm), obv. head of bearded Pan to left, with animal ear, wearing ivy wreath, rev. horned griffin with curved wings standing to left on an ear of corn, right foreleg raised, head facing, holding spear in jaws. $33,000
Gold coin of Croesus - Croesus was the king of Lydia from 560 to 547 BC until his defeat by the Persians. In Greek and Persian cultures the name of Croesus became a synonym for a wealthy man. Croesus' wealth remained proverbial beyond classical antiquity: in English, expressions such as "rich as Croesus" or "richer than Croesus" are used to indicate great wealth to this day.

Ancient Roman Gold Aureus Coin of Emperor Augustus - 10 BC. $ 5,800
Gold Byzantine Solidus Coin of Jesus Christ & Emperor Justinian II. $8,000.00

Ancient Celtic AV Gold Remic Stater Coin from the Atrebates Tribe - 55 BC. $1,600.00
English Medieval gold sovereign struck under King Henry VIII. The obverse depicting the King, enthroned holding orb and sceptre, portcullis at feet, his cloak falling over his feet in folds, ornate pillars either side.
The legend reading:

HENRICUS DEI GRACIA REX ANGLIE ET FRANC DNS HIBM

"Henry, by the Grace of God, King of England and France, Lord of Ireland" - $19,500.00
Alexander the Great lifetime stater, 8.61g, official issue from Abydos, Asia Minor, c. 328-323 BC

Silver stater of Lokris featuring Ajax. Persephone is on the obverse.
Syracuse, 16 Litrae coin of Hieron II. (275-215 BC)

Sicily, Katane. c. 430-420. BC