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NEDERLAND (NETHERLANDS, KINGDOM) - JULIANA, 1948-1980 - gouden dukaat 1974 - Medailleslag

gewicht 3,49gr. ; goud 983/1000 ; Ø 21mm.

De gouden dukaat 1974 werd in muntslag geslagen, d.w.z. kopstaand.
Een klein deel, circa 2000 stuks, werd wel in de gebruikelijke medailleslag
geslagen. De variant is dan ook zeldzaam.

Schulman 1080a ; KM.190.1 R
prooflike

495,00 



Our latest acquisitions

ITALY - PIEDMONT - SUBALPINE REPUBLIC - 5 Francs AN 10 (1802), Turin

weight 24,90gr. ; silver Ø 37mm.
engraver: Amedeo Lavy
mintage: circa 33.000 pieces

obv. Personified figure of Subalpine Gaul holding a palm-branch and
laurel wreath, leans on France who is represented with the emblems of
Liberty and Equality. Legend: GAULE - SUBALPINE / LAVY (in exergue),
surrounded by the legend; GAULE SUBALPINE
rev. 5• /  FRANCS / L′AN 10 / ♥ within wreath, surrounded by the legend;
LIBERTÉ  EGALITÉ ✿ ERIDANIA ✿

The Subalpine Republic, was the first of France′s revolutionary supported states to strike coins to the Latin Standard. The Republic survived from 16 June 1800 to 11 September 1802.

The Subalpine (Piemontese) Republic was established under the protection of France, which occupied the region in 1797. Duke Charles Emmanuel IV., King of Sardinia, who had succeeded his father in 1796, was declared deposed (1798); he abdicated in favour of his son in 1802. Expelled from Savoy-Piemont, the dynasty held the island of Sardinia, protected by the British navy. Upon the establishment of the Cisalpine Republic in July 1797, the Province of Novara was ceased to the latter. Briefly lost to the Russians, the republic was dissolved (June 1799). The area was restored to the House of Savoy, who had to flee again when the area was retaken by Napoleon; the Piemontese Republic was restored, to be later rechristened Subalpine Republic (est. June 1800; dissolved 1802). Capital Turin. In 1802 the region was annexed by France. The Piemontese/Subalpine Republic leaned heavily on France, introduced French style reforms, its coinage was based on the French Franc. The structure of government, notwithstanding the republics′ short lifespan, changed repeatedly, from a Directory (Dec. 1798 - Apr. 1799) to a Superior Council (Apr. 1799 - July 1800), and after reestablishment of the republic to a Provisional Executive (Apr. 1801 - Sept. 1802). In 1802 annexed into France.

KM.C.4 ; Montenegro 10 ; Davenport 197
very attractive for the type
vf/xf

350,00 



FRANCE - SECOND EMPIRE - NAPOLEON III, 1852-1870 - 5 Francs 1868 BB, Strassbourg

weight 24,98gr. ; silver Ø 37mm.
KM.799.2 ; Gadoury 739
small scratch and some rim nicks
vf

23,00 



NEDERLAND (NETHERLANDS, KINGDOM) - NEDERLANDS OOST-INDIË (DUTCH EAST INDIES) - WILHELMINA, 1890-1948 - ¼ Gulden 1945 S, San Francisco

gewicht 3,21gr. ; zilver Ø 19mm.
muntmeesterteken palmboom
Scholten 925 ; KM.319
Vollediog ongecirculeerd prachtexemplaar.
Full lustrous coin. Mintstate. Very attractive.
unc

8,00 



NEDERLAND (NETHERLANDS, KINGDOM) - WILHELMINA, 1890-1948 - 5 Gulden 1912

gewicht 3,37gr. ; goud Ø 18mm.
Schulman 754 ; KM.151 ; Friedberg 350
unc

290,00 



KINGDOM OF THRACE - LYSIMACHOS, 305-281 BC - IONIA - AR Tetradrachm, Magnesia (circa 297-282 BC)

weight 16,89gr. ; silver Ø 28mm.

obv. Diademed head of deified Alexander the Great right,
with the horn of Ammon, within dotted circle
rev. Athena Nikephoros enthroned left, holding Nikè in right hand and resting
her left arm on shield, transverse spear resting against her right side, BAΣIΛEΩΣ
to right, ΛYΣIMAXOY to left, racetorch with fillets inner left, maeander pattern in exergue

This outstanding silver tetradrachm is of the Thracian king Lysimachos, who had served as one of Alexander the Great′s closest generals. Following the death of Alexander in 323 BC his vast empire was divided among his family and most loyal generals, the so called diadochi. Lysimachos was one of the more successful diadochi, largely keeping out of the wars between the other successors and adding Macedon and areas of Asia Minor to his territories. Perhaps one of his most notable achievements though is the legacy left by his beautiful coinage. Lysimachos took the bold and innovative step of showing the image of the now deified Alexander on his silver drachms, tetradrachms and gold staters. The intended message is clear; through association to the now godlike Alexander, Lysimachos′ legitimacy to rule is unquestionable !

The silver denominations (tetradrachms and drachms) featured not the head of Lysimachos but rather Alexander in deified form – an homage to a fallen leader. On the obverse, Alexander is depicted adorned with a ram′s horn, alluding to the Egyptian deity Amun, whom the Greeks–and later the Romans–incorporated into their mythos attributed to Zeus and Jupiter, respectively. On the reverse is a seated Athena who holds a crowning figure of Nike, all while resting her elbow upon a shield and with a spear cradled behind her. Just like Alexander′s massive output at countless mints, the determination of the striking locale relies heavily upon the various control marks, symbols, and/or monograms, placed around the reverse.

Coinage at Magnesia seems to have been more or less continuous from 301 to 282 BC., when the city fell to Seleukos. In 287 BC the Magnesians apparently supported Demetrios Poliorketes but Lysimachos did not close the royal mint after the rebellious city had been recaptured in 286 BC. A few of the thirty-three obverse dies known for tetradrachms are of the late style associated with the period between 286 and 281 BC.

Müller - (cf. 444) ; Thompson 110 ; SNG.Copenhagen - (cf. 1108) ;
SNG.Delepierre- (cf. 845) ; Weber - ; McClean-
RR
Very attractive example of a wonderful style.
Very strong portrait of Alexander the Great. Very rare.
vf/xf

2.250,00 



NOORDELIJKE NEDERLANDEN (NETHERLANDS) - REPUBLIEK, 1581-1795 - OVERIJSSEL - STAD KAMPEN - FERDINAND III, 1637-1657 - Arendsrijksdaalder 1649
gewicht 28,00gr. ; zilver Ø 43mm.
muntmeester Hendrik Wijntgens
muntmeester lelie
vz. Het Kamper wapen, een stadspoort met drie torens met het wapenschild van
het Oversticht schuin voor de ingang van de poort geplaatst, 1 - 6 - 4 - 9 naast de torens,
binnen een parelcirkel. In de buitencirkel de tekst; MONE•NO•CIVITATIS•IMPE•CAMPENSIS en lelie
kz. Dubbelkoppigge rijksadelaar gedekt door de keizerskroon, met de rijksappel op de
borst binnen een parelcirkel. In de buitencirkel de tekst;
FERD•III•DG•ELEC•RO•IMP•SEM•AVG
Delmonte 705 (R2); Verkade- ; HNPM.26 ; CNM.2.30.28 ; Davenport 4983    R
Kleine zwaktes van de slag, doch zeer attractief exemplaar met patina.
zfr

gewicht 28,00gr. ; zilver Ø 43mm.
muntmeester Hendrik Wijntgens
muntmeesterteken lelie

vz. Het Kamper wapen, een stadspoort met drie torens met het wapenschild
van het Oversticht schuin voor de ingang van de poort geplaatst, 1 - 6 - 4 - 9
naast de torens,binnen een parelcirkel. In de buitencirkel de tekst;
MONE•NO•CIVITATIS•IMPE•CAMPENSIS en lelie
kz. Dubbelkoppigge rijksadelaar gedekt door de keizerskroon, met de
rijksappel op deborst binnen een parelcirkel. In de buitencirkel de tekst; 
FERD•III•DG•ELEC•RO•IMP•SEM•AVG

Delmonte 705 (R2); Verkade- ; HNPM.26 ; CNM.2.30.28 ; Davenport 4983 R
Kleine zwaktes van de slag, doch zeer attractief exemplaar met patina.
zfr

795,00 



NOORDELIJKE NEDERLANDEN (NETHERLANDS) - REPUBLIEK, 1581-1795 - NEDERLANDS OOST-INDIË (DUTCH EAST INDIES) - V.O.C. - JAVA - Zilveren ropij 1783, Batavia

gewicht 12,95gr. ; zilver Ø 24,5mm.
met kabelrand
variant met grote cijfers

vz. Arabische tekst ″voor het eiland groot Java″, daarboven muntteken, eronder 1783
kz. Arabische tekst ″geld van de Hollandse Compagnie″

Scholten 462b (muntteken 5)  ; KM.175.1 S
minieme graffiti op de voorzijde
zfr+

325,00 



TREBONIANUS GALLUS, 251-253 - SYRIA, SELEUKIS & PIERIA, ANTIOCHIA AD ORONTEM - BI Tetradrachm, year 7 (252 AD)

weight 11,07gr. ; billon Ø 25mm.

obv. Laureate bust of Trebonianus Gallus right, wearing cuirass and paludamentum,
viewed from behind  AYTOK K Γ OYIB TΡEB ΓAΛΛOC CEB
rev. Eagle standing right, head turned to left, wreath in beak ΔHMAΡX EΞOYCIAC,
Z between legs, S C in exergue

BMC 641 ; SNG.Copenhagen 290 ; Prieur 668 ; Sear GIC.4349var.
Very minor traces of oxidation. Attractive portrait.
vf+

140,00 



ROMAN REPUBLIC - ANONYMOUS - AR Didrachm or quadrigatus, South-Italy (215 - 213 BC)

weight 5,21gr. ; silver Ø 18mm.
Issue of the 2nd Punic War (218-201 BC)

obv. Beardless laureate Janiform head of the Dioscuri
rev. Jupiter and Victory in galloping quadriga right,
scorpion below, ROMA in relief in liniar frame

The quality of silver is not of that of the earlier issues from 225-215 BC. This debased silver issue took probably place in mints in southern Italy. Moving to southern Italy in 216, Hannibal annihilated the largest army the Romans had ever assembled, at the Battle of Cannae (2 August 216 BC). After the death or imprisonment of 130.000 Roman troops in two years, more and more of Rome′s Italian allies defected to Carthage, giving it control over most of southern Italy. In the years after,  Roman armies slowly recaptured most of the cities that had joined Carthage and defeated a Carthaginian attempt to reinforce Hannibal at Metaurus in 207. During this period these quadrigatii were probably struck in several Southern Italian mints, as payment for the troops. Italy was devastated by the combatants, with hundreds of thousands of civilians killed or enslaved. In Iberia, which served as a major source of silver and manpower for the Carthaginian army, Roman operations were led by members of the Cornelii Scipiones. In 209, Publius Cornelius Scipio captured Carthago Nova, then won a streak of great victories, notably at Ilipa in 206, which permanently ended Carthaginian rule in Iberia.

Sear 33 ; Sydenham 65 ; Crawford 28/2 ;  Albert 83 R
Flancrack. Some minor scratches and roughness. 
f/vf à vf-

325,00 



NEDERLAND (NETHERLANDS, KINGDOM) - WILLEM I, 1815-1840 - Gouden dukaat 1820, Utrecht

Oplage slechts 10.419 stuks. Zeer zeldzaam.
Only 10.419 pieces minted. Very rare.
Schulman 207 RR
bijzonder scherpe slag met prooflike velden
miniem krasje
unc/unc-

1.695,00 



NOORDELIJKE NEDERLANDEN (NETHERLANDS) - REPUBLIEK, 1581-1795 - OVERIJSSEL - 1/20 Leicesterreaal of stoter 1595, Kampen

gewicht 3,08gr. ; zilver Ø 26mm.
muntmeester Hendrik Wijntgens
muntteken “Overijsselse leeuw”
Verkade 136.2 ; HNPM.39 ; CNM.2.38.56 R
fr/zfr

235,00 



PHILIPPUS I ARABS, 244-249 - SYRIA, SELEUKIS & PIERIA, ANTIOCHIA - BI Tetradrachm (248-249)

weight 12,01gr. ; billon Ø 27mm.

obv. Laureate and cuirassed bust left  AVTOK K M IOVΛI ΦIΛIΠΠOC CЄB
rev. Eagle standing left, wreath in beak, ANTIOXIA S C below,
around the legend; ΔHMAPX ЄΞOYCIAC YΠATOΔ

cf. BMC 519-521 ; SNG.Copenhagen- ; Prieur 421
Wonderful portrait with excellent details.
xf/xf-

325,00 



NOORDELIJKE NEDERLANDEN (NETHERLANDS) - REPUBLIEK, 1581-1795 - HOLLAND - ½ Gouden rijder of 7 gulden 1749, Dordrecht

gewicht 4,96gr. ; goud Ø 21mm.
muntmeester Otto Buck
muntteken roos

Eerste jaar van dit munttype. Zeldzaam.

Delmonte 783 ; Verkade 40.5 ; HNPM.20 ; 
CNM.2.28.48 ; Friedberg 254
R
Vrijwel ongecirculeerd prachtexemplaar met zeer scherpe details.
Lastig te vinden in deze hoge kwaliteit.
unc-

1.950,00 



NOORDELIJKE NEDERLANDEN (NETHERLANDS) - REPUBLIEK, 1581-1795 - UTRECHT - ½ Rozenobel z.j. (1601)

gewicht 3,75gr. ; goud 992/1000 ; Ø 29mm.
muntteken stadschildje van Utrecht
muntmeester Hendrik Hendriksz. van Domselaar
stempelsnijder Claes Petersz. van de Vogelaer

vz. Gekroonde vorst met zwaard en schild staande in schip met roos op de zijkant;
op het schild een gevierendeeld wapen (1. en 4. de Stichtse leeuw, 2. en 3. het
stadswapen van Utrecht); de opbouw van de voorsteven is zeshoekig, op de
achtersteven een banier met klimmende leeuw.
In de buitencirkel de tekst :MONE - NO - VA•ORDIN:TRAIECTEN • - •
kz. Stralenzoon met roos in het hart, rustend op een bloemenkruis; in de kantons
gaande luipaarden onder een kroon; muntteken tussen ruiten van vier punten,
recht boven een bloem van het kruis ; tussen binnencirkel en achtpas 8 parels.
In de buitencirkel de tekst; :CONCORDIA:RES:PARVAE:CRESCVNT: stadsschildje

De Nederlandse ½ rozenobel is een late navolging van de Engelse ½ rozenobel van Edward IV(1461-1470). Het was een geliefde handelsmunt, hetgeen imitatie aantrekkelijk maakte. De koers lag bij uitgifte op 4 gulden en 2½  stuivers, maar net als tegenwoordig was de koers van gouden munten steeds aan schommelingen onderhevig. van dit munttype werden in totaal 188.881 stuks aangemunt.

Delmonte 960 ; Verkade 97.4 ; van der Wiel h1 (JMP.1991, pag.108-110) ;
HNPM.22 ; CNM.2.43.33 ; Friedberg 279
R
Bijzonder mooi exemplaar met scherpe details. Zeldzaam.
pr

3.250,00 



ANTONINUS PIUS, 138-161 - AR Denarius, Rome (161)

weight 2,89gr. ; silver Ø 17mm.

obv. Bare head right  DIVVS ATONINVS (sic !)
rev. eagle standing right on globe, head turned left
CONSECRATIO

The diecutter forgot the first N in ANTONINVS. Unpublished.
Extremely rare.

Cohen 158var. ; RIC 433var. ; BMC 45var. ; MIR 25var. RRR
xf/unc

595,00 



NOORDELIJKE NEDERLANDEN (NETHERLANDS) - REPUBLIEK, 1581-1795 - WEST-FRIESLAND - West-Friese rijksdaalder 1587/86, Hoorn

gewicht 28,88gr. ; zilver Ø 39mm.
muntmeester Balthasar Wijntgens sr.
muntmeesterteken rozet

Van het jaartal 1586 zijn slechts enkele stuks bekend. Waarschijnlijk is de productie van dat jaar zeer gering gebleven. In dit geval heeft men het stempel uit 1586 omgesneden tot 1587. Deze jaartalwijziging was tot op heden onbekend en het is derhalve van de grootste zeldzaamheid.

Delmonte- (vgl.925) ; Verkade 63.1 ; HNPM.- (vgl.20) ;
CNM.- (vgl.2.46.17) ; Pannekeet- (vgl.3) ; vgl.Davenport 8867
R4
Bijzonder attractief exemplaar met patina.
zfr+

3.950,00 



NOORDELIJKE NEDERLANDEN (NETHERLANDS) - REPUBLIEK, 1581-1795 - GELDERLAND - 1/2 Leeuwendaalder 1607, Harderwijk

gewicht 13,10gr. ; zilver Ø 33mm.
muntmeester Johan Alewijn
muntteken Gelders kruis

Van dit jaartal zijn slecht enkele stuks bekend. Hoogst zeldzaam.

From this year only a few pieces are known. Coin of the highest rarity.

Delmonte - (vgl. 869) ; Verkade 11.3 ; de Voogt - ;
HNPM.57 ; CNM.2.17.113 ; Pannekeet 77 (R4)
RRRR
fr/zfr

595,00 



CONSTANTINE I THE GREAT, 307-337 - BI Follis, Kyzikus (313-315)

weight 3,24gr. ; billon Ø 21mm.

obv. Laureate head right  IMP C FL VAL CONSTANTINVS P F AVG
rev. Naked Jupiter standing left, holding Victoria with wreath on globe
in right hand and sceptre
in left hand, eagle at feet to left,
IOVI CONSERVATORI, S in right field, SMK in exergue

Cohen- (cf.291-292) ; RIC 3 (R2) ; Sear 15945
vf/xf à xf-

65,00 



NOORDELIJKE NEDERLANDEN (NETHERLANDS) - HERTOGDOM GELRE - PHILIPS II, 1555-1581 - 1/2 Philipsdaalder 1562, Nijmegen

gewicht 16,77gr. ; zilver Ø 36mm.
Met muntteken Gelders kruis. De 2 geschreven als Z.
Delmonte 61 (R2) ; van Gelder & Hoc 211-6a ; van der Chijs 26,15var. ;
Dijkstra 63h
R
Klein slagbarstje. Bijzonder attractief exemplaar met goed portret.
pr- à zfr/pr

725,00 



DOMITIANUS (DOMITIAN) as Caesar, 69-81 - AR Denarius, Rome (77-78)

weight 3,41gr. ; silver Ø 19mm.

obv. Laureate head right  CAESAR AVG F DOMITIANVS
rev. Helmeted horseman galloping right, his right hand extended
and trailing behind him  COS V

Sear 2638 ; Cohen 49 ; RIC 957 ; BMC 234
vf-

125,00 



BRUTTIUM, KAULONIA (CAULONIA) - AR Nomos or tridrachm, circa 525-500 BC

weight 8,13gr. ; silver Ø 29mm.

obv. Naked archaic Apollo advancing right on underground; hair bound with diadem
and falling in three tresses indicated by dots, in his raised right hand he holds a
laurel-branch, extending his left hand, on which daimon is runnung right, in front
stag standing right, looking back, O between Apollo and stag, KAVΛ to left
rev. Incuse of the obverse

Kaulonia was founded in the 7th century BC by Achaean Greeks, either by emigres from the homeland or from the nearby city of Kroton. The location, on the underside of Italy′s "toe" on a headland jutting out into the sea, has in the centuries since disappeared beneath the waves, but underwater archaeology has located  more than 100 fluted columns and two spectacular mosaics, both depicting dragons, dating to the 5th-4th centuries BC. The columns were likely for a large shrine to Apollo, the deity depicted on the city′s beautiful and intriguing coinage. On this magnificent piece, Apollo′s entire nude body is shown in refined Archaic form, striding to right, with a small winged daimon on his left arm; to his right stands a stag, sacred to both Apollo and his sister Artemis. The unusual fabric of this piece follows a style peculiar to Greek southern Italy in the archaic period: A broad, thin flan, obverse depicted in relief, the reverse repeating the obverse motif but in negative relief, or incuse, and reversed. Creating such coins required a high degree of technical skill and quality control. The reasons for the popularity of this fabric are poorly understood; some scholars have postulated a connection to the mathematician-philosopher Pythagoras, who was active in Italy during this period and taught a creed which stressed the duality of mankind′s nature and all existence.

BMC 9var.;SNG.Copenhagen-(vgl.1698) ;  Historia Numorum Italy, 2035var.;
SNG.ANS.- (vgl.154) ; cf. Babelon, Traité Pl.LXX,14-15 ; McClean 1589var. ;
SNG.München-(vgl.1399) ; cf. Sear 252 ; HGC 1, no. 1416var. 
RRR
(cf. Ars Classica, Auction 52,no.46  xf  CHF 32.000 + 15%)
Attractive coin of archaic style. Extremely rare.
vf/xf-

8.500,00 



DIOCLETIAN, 283-305 - AR Argenteus, Nicomedia (295)

weight 3,27gr. ; silver Ø 19mm.

obv. Laureate head of Diocletianus right,
surrounded by the legend; DIOCLETIANVS AVG
rev. The four tetrarchs sacrificing over tripod-altar with military camp
in background, surrounded by the legend; VICTORIA SARMATICA,
SMNΓ in exergue

The reverse legend of this coin refers to a victory over the Sarmatians. In 289 the Sarmatians were defeated by Diocletianus and Maximianus. Maximianus accepts the title Sarmaticus Maximus.

The Sarmatians (Latin: Sarmatae or Sauromatae) were a large confederation of Iranian people during classical antiquity, flourishing from about the 5th century BC to the 4th century AD. They spoke Scythian, an Indo-European language from the Eastern Iranian family. The Sarmatians moved to an area called Sarmatia; east of Germania and north of the immediate vicinity of the Danube. These barbarous and little know tribes also occupied the vast tracts of modern Ukraine/Russia.

Cohen 491 ; RIC 19a (R4) ; cf. Sear 12615 RRR
Extremely rare coin in an excellent condition. Mint state.
unc

2.450,00 



THESSALIA, THESSALIAN LEAGUE - AR Double victoriatus, circa 120-50 BC

weight 6,24gr. ; silver Ø 21mm.
Magistrates Damothoinos and Philoxenides.

obv. Head of Zeus facing right, wearing a oak wreath
rev. Athena Itonia advancing right, brandishing spear and holding shield, 
small, ΘEΣΣA behind, ΛΩN in front, 
ΔAMOΘOINOY above, ΦIΛOΞENI below

BMC 7 ; SNG.Copenhagen - ; McClean 4735 ; BCD.870.3
Very attractive coin, struck with high relief. Toned. Very impressive.
xf-

595,00 



SELEUKID EMPIRE - ANTIOCHOS I SOTER, 280-261 - MESOPOTAMIA - AR Tetradrachme, Seleukia ad Tigrum (270-267)

weight 16,61gr. ; silver Ø 29mm.

obv. Elderly head of Antiochos I, diademed, right
rev. Apollo, naked but for drapery over right thigh, seated to left on the Omphalos.
He holds an arrow in his outstretched right hand, and rest his left upon his bow,
BAΣIΛEΩΣ on right, ANTIOXOY on left, AP-monogram in outer left field,
HP-monogram in outer right field

Seleukia on the Tigris (Seleukia ad Tigrum) was founded by Seleukos I Nikator (reigned 312–281 BC) as his eastern capital; it replaced Babylon as Mesopotamia′s leading city and was closely associated with the spread of Hellenistic culture in Mesopotamia. The city lay along the Tigris River about 32 km (20 miles) southeast of modern Baghdad. Seleukia was a cosmopolitan city whose population was composed largely of Macedonians and Greeks and also included Jews and Syrians. Pliny the Elder gives the population as 600,000. During the Parthian domination of the Tigris-Euphrates valley that began in the 2nd century BC, Seleukia continued to be the foremost city of the east in position and trade. Preserving its Greek sympathies, it was at times in open rebellion against the Parthian kings, who favoured the neighbouring city of Ctesiphon and founded Vologesias, or Vologesocerta, as a rival canal port. Seleukia eventually was burned by the Roman commander Gaius Avidius Cassius in AD 165, at which time it is said to have had at least 300,000 inhabitants. The destruction of the city marks the end of Hellenism in Mesopotamia. The Roman emperor Septimius Severus, in his Parthian campaign of 197, found the site completely abandoned. Nothing of the city remains above ground; the excavation of the site (then called Tel Umar) during 1927–32 yielded interesting but unspectacular results.

BMC 6 ; SNG.Copenhagen 51var. ; SNG.Spaer 289 ; Newell ESM.149 ; 
Houghton & Lorber 379.3a ; cf. Sear 6886 ; HGC 9, no.128g

Some minor graffiti on reverse. Powerful portrait of king Antiochos I.
vf

495,00 



CALABRIA, TARAS (TARENTUM) - AR Obol or Pentonkion, circa 450-380 BC

weight 0,53gr. ; silver 9mm.

obv. Diademed head of Athena to right, set on her circular aegis
rev. Kantharos, flanked by 5 pellets (value marks), TA above

BMC 431var. ; SNG.Copenhagen- ; Historia Numorum, Italy, 859 ; 
SNG.Paris 2082 ; SNG.München- ; Jameson 131 ; Vlasto 1216-1217
RR
(cf. Nomos, auction 17, 26 october 2018, lot. 6 in vf; SFR 900 + 20%)
Very minor traces of oxidation.
Coin of excellent style. Very rare.
vf

485,00 





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