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Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. “The Art & Science of Numismatics”

Fixed Price List No. 9

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GREEK COINS Poisonous Sea Snake CALABRIA, TARENTUM; c. 325-281 BC, Stater, 7.76g. Vlasto-657. Obv: Naked horseman r., crowning himself, ΣΑ and Ionic capital below. Rx: Taras on dolphin l., holding sea snake; KOM below. Taras holds a sea snake in his hand, which is very clear on this coin. Sea snakes are always poisonous, but rarely aggressive. The reverse of this coin is beautifully designed and wonderfully struck. EF / Mint State $825 CALABRIA, TARENTUM; c. 302-281 BC, Stater, 7.91g. Vlasto-688, HN Italy-965. Obv: Youth on horseback galloping l., holding small shield behind him; ΣI behind, ΦIΛOKΛHΣ below. Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ Taras astride dolphin l., holding wreath in r. hand; ΛY below. Sharply struck on both sides with beautiful luster. Mint State $950 LUCANIA, METAPONTUM; c. 510-470 BC, Stater, 7.18g. Noe-Class X. Obv: Barley ear; traces of lizard to r. Rx: Barley ear, incuse. Fine / VF $250

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LUCANIA, METAPONTUM; c. 330-290 BC, Stater, 7.73g. Johnston, Metapontum-C6.3; SNG ANS-460. Obv: Head of Demeter l., wearing barley wreath. Rx: META upward at r., barley ear with leaf to l.; tongs above. Rather common but rarely with such a beautiful obverse. Die break on reverse. Choice EF $1850 LUCANIA, SYBARIS; 550-510 BC, Stater, 7.53g. SNG ANS-828. Obv: Bull standing l., head turned back, VM in exergue. Rx: Similar to obverse, but incuse and bull standing r.; no legend. Struck on irregular flan. Exceptionally beautiful reverse. VF / EF $1650 LUCANIA, THURIUM; c. 433-400 BC, Stater, 7.65g. HN Italy-1759, SNG ANS-931-933 (same obv. die). Obv: Head of Athena r. wearing wreathed Attic helmet, Γ behind neck-guard. Rx: ΘOY[PIΩN] Bull walking r., fish r. in exergue. Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. Ex Pegasi 30, May 2014, lot 25; purchased from Baldwin’s in March 1976. Bold VF $925

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LUCANIA, THURIUM; c. 350-300 BC, Distater, 14.53g. HN Italy-1815 (same dies), Noe-Group G. Obv: Head of Athena r. wearing Attic helmet with florid crest and decorated with Scylla holding rudder-oar in r.; on neckguard, griffin; in field behind head, Nike flying. Rx: Bull charging r.; above, torch; below neck, EY; in exergue two fishes. Somewhat rough and corroded. Toned VF $775 BRUTTIUM, CROTON; c. 530-500 BC, Nomos, 7.76g. SNG ANS-238-41, HN Italy-2075. Obv: Tripod, legs terminating in lions’ feet. Rx: Tripod incuse. Extremely beautiful, well struck, with strong traces of luster. Mint State $2150 BRUTTIUM, CROTON; c. 480-430 BC, 1/3 Stater, 2.36g. HN Italy-2103, SNG ANS-313-4 var. (heron to l.). Obv: Tripod, ϘΡΟ to l., heron to r. Rx: Incuse tripod, rayed border. Scarce denomination. Fine / VF $275


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BRUTTIUM, TERINA; c. 420-400 BC, Stater, 7.69g. HN Italy-2619, SNG Lloyd-756, Holloway-Jenkins-66 (all same dies). Obv: Head of the nymph Terina r., ΤΕΡΙΝΑΙΟΝ behind. Rx: Winged Nike seated l., resting l. hand on cippus, holding olive branch in r. hand over crane (off flan) which stands before her. VF $3850 BRUTTIUM, TERINA; c. 300 BC, Drachm, 2.30g. SNG ANS-859, HN Italy-2642, BM-46 = Sear 510 (with photo). Obv: Head of nymph Terina l., triskeles behind neck. Rx: Nike seated l. on square cippus, bird perched on her extended r. hand, l. hand resting on cippus, Δ in l. field. From the Philip Ashton Collection, acquired from Pegasi, August 2010. Good VF $250 BRUTTIUM, BRUTTII, CARTHAGINIAN OCCUPATION; c. 215-211 BC, Half Shekel, 3.93g. SNG Cop-361, HN Italy-2016. Obv: Wreathed head of Tanit l. Rx: Horse standing r., solar disk above, Punic letter ‘aiyn’ below. Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection, purchased from Pegasi, November 2016. Toned VF $750 CAMPANIA, PHISTELIA; 380-350 BC, Obol, 0.45g. BMC-4. Obv: Facing head of man, without neck. Rx: Barleycorn between mussel shell and dolphin. From the Philip Ashton Collection. Ex Berk 193, 30 April 2015, lot 53. Ex The Frederick S. Knobloch Collection, Stack’s, 10 June 1970, lot 33. VF $250

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SICILY, MESSANA; 433-429 BC, Tetradrachm, 17.18g. Caltabriano-441 (dies 186/180, 6 spec.). Obv: Charioteer seated on two stacked cushions, driving slow mule biga r., above Nike flying r. to crown mules, in exergue [large leaf and berry]. Rx: Hare leaping r., branch with two leaves and berry below, MΕΣΣAN - I[ON] below and to r., ΠV upside down above. Struck on an irregular shaped flan, but full weight. VF $650 Ex G. Hirsch 55, 1967 Cover Coin SICILY, SYRACUSE, SIGNED DIE BY EUAINETOS; Time of Dionysus I, 405-367 BC, Decadrachm, 42.99g. Gallatin-RVII/CXIV. Obv: Fast quadriga driven l. by charioteer, crowned by Victory; armor in exergue. Rx: Head of Arethusa l. wearing barley-wreath, triple pendant earring and beaded necklace; four dolphins around; Δ behind; signature of Euainetos EY–AINE below lower dolphin (off flan on this example). Ex G. Hirsch 55, 11-14 December 1967, lot 2057 (pictured on cover!). This coin is struck on a small, full weight flan with a complete and beautifully struck head of Athena and complete name of the city on reverse. The obverse shows complete images of the four horses of the quadriga and the armor in exergue. EF $44500

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SICILY, SYRACUSE; c. 474-450 BC, Tetradrachm, 16.89g. Boehringer-541. Obv: Quadriga r. crowned by Nike, sea monster in exergue. Rx: Head of Arethusa r., four dolphins around. Good VF $1475 Unrecorded Die Combination CHALCIDIAN DISTRICT, ACANTHUS; c. 475-325 BC, Tetradrachm, 17.08g. Cf. Desneux 97/102 var (obv.) and 103 (rev. die R92). Obv: Lion r. attacking bull collapsing to l.; tunny-fish in exergue. Rx: ΑΚΑ-Ν-ΘΙΟ-Ν around quadripartite square, all within incuse square. This is a magnificent example of an an Acanthus obverse, in a more dramatic design than usual. While the dies are recorded by Desneux, the combination is unrecorded. EF $8750


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CHALCIDIAN DISTRICT, ACANTHUS; 430-390 BC, Tetrobol, 2.37g. SNG ANS-47. Obv: Forepart of bull, head reverted; A above. Rx: Four-part incuse square. gVF $300 MACEDONIA, PERDICCAS II; 454-413 BC, Tetrobol, 2.45g. SNG ANS-47-51. Obv: Youth on horse prancing r., wearing petasus and carrying two spears. Rx: Lion forepart r. From the Philip Ashton Collection. gVF $325 MACEDONIA, PHILIP II; 359-336 BC. Pella, c. 340-328 BC, Late Lifetime Issue, Stater, 8.59g. Cf. Le Rider-pl. 57-60, apparently new dies. Obv: Laureate head of Apollo r. Rx: ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ Fast biga r., cantharus below horses. EF $3950 MACEDONIA, ALEXANDER III THE GREAT, 336-323 BC; “Amphipolis”, c. 323-320 BC, Tetradrachm, 17.20g. Price-109. Obv: Head of Herakles r., wearing lionskin. Rx: Zeus seated l. holding eagle and scepter, Athena Promachos r. in l. field. Exceptionally beautiful and complete obverse for the usually somewhat dull early strikes of Alexander. Near Mint State $2000

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MACEDONIA, ALEXANDER III THE GREAT, 336-323 BC; Lampsacus, c. 310-301 BC, Drachm, 4.29g. Price-1406 var. (KI in l. field). Obv: Head of Herakles r., wearing lion-skin headdress. Rx: Zeus seated l., eagle on outstretched arm; N in l. field, ME monogram below throne. Bold VF $275 MACEDONIA, ALEXANDER III THE GREAT, 336-323 BC; Lampsacus, c. 310-301 BC, Drachm, 4.36g. Price-1406 var. (KI in l. field). Obv: Head of Herakles r., wearing lion-skin headdress. Rx: Zeus seated l., eagle on outstretched arm; ΣΙ monogram in l. field, ME monogram below throne. Bold VF $285 Owl Symbol MACEDONIA, ALEXANDER III THE GREAT, 336-323 BC; Magnesia, c. 319-305 BC, Drachm, 4.38g. Price-1965. Obv: Head of Herakles r., wearing lion-skin headdress. Rx: Zeus seated l., eagle on outstretched arm; owl in l. field, monogram below throne. Bold VF $325 MACEDONIA, ALEXANDER III THE GREAT, 336-323 BC; Side, c. 323-317 BC, Drachm, 4.41g. Price-2969 corr. Obv: Head of Herakles r., wearing lion-skin headdress. Rx: Zeus seated l., eagle on outstretched arm; Δ below throne. aEF $275

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MACEDONIA, ALEXANDER III THE GREAT, 336-323 BC; Uncertain Eastern mint, c. 325-300 BC, Tetradrachm, 16.67g. Price-4001. Obv: Head of Herakles r., wearing lionskin. Rx: Zeus seated l. holding eagle and scepter, torch in l. field. Exceptional obverse struck in high relief. Toned Near Mint State $1775 MACEDONIA, ALEXANDER III THE GREAT, 336-323 BC; Uncertain mint in Asia Minor, c. 320-301 BC, Drachm, 4.38g. Price-. Obv: Head of Herakles r., wearing lion-skin headdress. Rx: Zeus seated l., eagle on outstretched arm; ΣΔ monogram in l. field. Not in references consulted; apparently unpublished. VF / Fine $275 MACEDONIA UNDER ROMAN RULE, AMPHIPOLIS; 158-149 BC, Tetradrachm, 16.85g. AMNG III-176, SNG Cop-1314. Obv: Bust of Artemis r. within Macedonian shield. Rx: Club of Herakles, MAKEΔONΩN / ΠPΩTHΣ, and monograms within wreath; thunderbolt to l. From the Philip Ashton Collection. EF $485


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DANUBIAN DISTRICT, ISTRUS; 4th century BC, Stater, 5.85g. SNG BM-248. Obv: Two male heads facing, one upside-down. Rx: Eagle standing l. on dolphin, monogram below. From the Philip Ashton Collection. Near Mint State $450 THESSALY, THESSALIAN LEAGUE; c. 480-460 BC, Hemidrachm, 2.79g. BCD-14.1. Obv: Forepart of horse l. with grass in mouth. Rx: ΘE - TA Grain ear in husk, all in incuse square. Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection; ex Pegasi 32, May 2015, lot 108. Bold VF $350 THESSALY, GYRTON; c. 440s-420s BC, Dichalkon, 5.03g. BCD-82.2, Rogers-230, Traité IV-743, BM (Appendix)-1a. Obv: Young male head r. wearing helmet topped by high crest and serpent (Ares or hero Gyrton?). Rx: Diademed female head r. wearing pendant earring (Aphrodite or nymph Gyrtona?), [Γ]YPTΩNIΩN before, IΠ behind. VF $600 Exceptional Drachm THESSALY, LARISSA; c. 375-350 BC, Drachm, 6.10g. BCD-176 (same dies), SNG Ashmolean-3866 (same dies), Weber-2833 (same dies). Obv: Thessalos stepping l., naked but for chlamys and petasos flying in the air behind him, holding a band with both hands around the forehead of a bull leaping l. Rx: Bridled horse with trailing rein prancing l., ΛAPIΣA above, AI below. This is a beautiful example of this aesthetically desirable type, which is from the same dies as the BCD specimen of the same grade which sold for $5,000 hammer price. Toned Choice EF $2500

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THESSALY, LARISSA; c. 365-356 BC, Drachm, 6.00g. Lorber-Hoard, Phase L-II, BCD-Thessaly II 316. Obv: Nymph Larissa facing 3/4 left. Rx: Horse grazing r. Ex CNG E361, 14 October 2015, lot 686. Exceptionally beautiful image of Larissa.. Near Mint State $975 THESSALY, TRICCA; 480-420 BC, Hemidrachm, 2.75g. BCD Thessaly II-767 var. Obv: Naked youth standing r., restraining forepart of unruly bull. Rx: Forepart of horse r., ethnic around; all within shallow incuse square. From the Philip Ashton Collection. aVF $250 THRACE, BYZANTIUM; c. 340-320 BC, Siglos, 5.30g. Grose-4233, SNG BM-21. Obv: Cow stepping left with r. foreleg raised, dolphin below, Rx: Mill-sail incuse. From the Philip Ashton Collection. Small test cut on reverse. Toned EF $220 THRACE, LYSIMACHUS; 305-281 BC. Parium, 297-282 BC. Tetradrachm, 16.81g. Thompson-234. Obv: Head of Alexander the Great with Ammon horns r. Rx: BAΣIΛEΩΣ - ΛYΣIMAXOY Athena enthroned l., resting l. arm on shield and holding Nike who crowns king’s name; transverse spear behind her visible before her legs and to r. of her head; in inner l. field, ΠAP monogram. See W. Fischer-Bossert, RBN 151 (2005), pl. VIII, C2 (same obverse die). VF / Fine+ $585

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LYSIMACHUS, 305-281 BC; Colophon, c. 301-297 BC, Drachm, 4.35g. Price-L28 var. (pentagram below throne). Obv: Head of Herakles r., wearing lion-skin headdress. Rx: Zeus seated l., eagle on outstretched arm; lion forepart and crescent in l. field, monogram below throne. EF / aVF $350 LYSIMACHUS, 305-281 BC; Ephesus, c. 294-287 BC, Drachm, 3.90g. Thompson-170. Obv: Head of deified Alexander r. Rx: Athena seated l., tripod in l. field. aVF $400 THRACE, THASOS; c. 550-463 BC, Stater, 8.43g. SNG Cop-1009, BM-2 var. (hair of satyr). Obv: Ithyphallic satyr kneeling r. and carrying nymph, who raises r. hand in protest; the hair of satyr and nymph is indicated by dots. Rx: Quadripartite incuse square, partially filled from die break. Very sharp for this issue. Toned EF $885 So Called Cicvic Mint Tetradrachm in High Relief ATTICA, ATHENS; c. 520-500 BC, Tetradrachm, 17.28g. Seltman-296 (A194/P242); Svoronos-pl. 6, 7. Obv: Helmeted head of Athena r. Rx: Owl standing r., head front; AΘE upwards on l., two olive leaves with olive at lower r., all in incuse square. From the same obverse die as Babelon pl. XXXV, 1. This is one of the earliest issues of Athens showing Athena and her owl. The civic mint was named by Seltman in 1918 when he wrote his definitive book because he thought the Athenians could never issue coins this beautiful. In fact, this was a short experimental issue that helped the Athenians determine the standard type they would use for about 150 years. Of all designs, less than 100 of these coins exist with almost all of them coming from two finds. Obverse struck in ultra-high relief. aEF / EF $32500


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Full Crest ATTICA, ATHENS; 440 BC, Tetradrachm, 7.15g. Starr-Pl. XXII, 6. Obv: Helmeted head of Athena r. Rx: Owl standing r., head front, between olive sprig and crescent behind and AΘΕ in front. Mint State $3500 ATTICA, ATHENS; 440 BC, Tetradrachm, 7.20g. Starr-Pl. XXII, 5. Obv: Helmeted head of Athena r. Rx: Owl standing r., head front, between olive sprig and crescent behind and AΘΕ in front. Near full crest. Mint State $3500 ATTICA, ATHENS; 440 BC, Tetradrachm, 17.18g. Starr-Pl. XXII, 5. Obv: Helmeted head of Athena r. Rx: Owl standing r., head front, between olive sprig and crescent behind and AΘΕ in front. Mint State $2500

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ATTIC, ATHENS; 440 BC, Tetradrachm, 17.17g. Obv: Helmeted head of Athena r. Rx: Owl standing r., head front; olive sprig and crescent behind, AΘΕ before. Exquisite archaic face of Athena. Mint State $1600 TROAS, CEBREN; 5th cent. BC, Triobol, 1.32g. SNG Aulock-1546. Obv: Archaic head of Apollo l. Rx: Ram’s head l. in incuse square. Obverse in splendid archaic style. EF $600 AEOLIS, MYRINA; c. 155-145 BC, Tetradrachm, 16.50g. K.A. Sacks, Wreathed Coins of Myrina, ANS Mus. Notes 30, 1985, Issue 20. Obv: Head of Apollo r., wearing laurel wreath. Rx: Apollo of Gryneium standing r. holding patera and branch with two fillets, omphalos and amphora before him, mint name and monogram behind, all within laurel wreath. EF $625

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TROAS, TENEDOS; c. 450-387 BC, Drachm, 3.58g. BM-14, SNG Munich-346. Obv: Janiform head (female head to l., wearing stephanos, bearded laureate male head to r.); Rx: Double ax; bunch of grapes and ZO on l., kantharos between I-Δ on r.; above, TENE. From the Philip Ashton Collection. VF $575 Portrait of Mithradates VI PONTIC, MITHRADATES VI; 83-82 BC, Second Mithradatic War, Tetradrachm, 16.06g. Obv: Portrait of Mithradates as Alexander III as Hercules. Rx: Zeus seated l. Reverse softly struck as usual. This coin was struck for the Second Mithradatic War, but the war ended before this coin could go into circulation. EF $750 PONTUS, AMISUS; 4th Century BC, Hemiobol, 5.71g. SNG BM-1064. Obv: Head of Hera in decorated stephane l. Rx: Owl with spread wings standing facing on shield; ΔΙ-ΑΝ in lower field. EF $385 Exceptional Archaic Apollo IONIA, COLOPHON; Obol, 0.83g. Klein-356. Obv: Archaic head of Apollo l. Rx: Irregular incuse. The sharpest and most complete specimen we have ever been able to offer of this not uncommon coin. Mint State $1250


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I Am the Badge of Phanes IONIA, EPHESUS; c. 625-600 BC, Stater, 14.00g. Berk-100 Greatest Ancient Coins, pp. 10 and 120; Weidauer-39. Obv: Spotted stag grazing r.; above, retrograde, ΦΑΝΟΣ ΕΜΙ ΣΕ[ΜΑ] (“I am the badge of Phanes”). Rx: Three rough geometric incuse punches (Reverse “B”). Ex Jonathan Rosen Collection. Excellent centering. Though slightly soft in areas, this coin has a nearly complete legend.VF$165000

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Exceptional Gold Stater IONIA, EPHESUS; c. 123-119 BC, Stater, 8.49g. Jenkins, Hellenistic, pl. B, 6. Obv: Draped bust of Artemis r., hair tied in back, bow and quiver over shoulder. Rx: Cult statue of Artemis of Ephesus facing, arms outstretched horizontally at sides, fillet hanging from each; E-Φ flanking its head, thymiaterion to inner r. An exceptional example of this rare coin, with a beautifully struck head of Artemis and a very sharply struck image of the cult statue of Artemis. Mint State $8500 IONIA, TEOS; c. 540-478 BC, Stater, 11.94g. Balcer, NC 1968-15; SNG von Aulock-2254. Obv: Griffin r., bunch of grapes on vine below raised foreleg. Rx: Incuse square. From the Philip Ashton Collection. Head of griffin partially off flan. aEF $385

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CARIA, MYNDUS; c. 200-150 BC, Drachm, 3.31g. Göktürk-60/63, Sear-4915 var. Obv: Laureate head of Serapis r. with atef. Rx: MYNΔIΩN / [C]ΩCTPATOC Headdress of Isis above two wheat ears; in exergue, rose. Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. EF $375 Rare Dies CARIA, RHODES; c. 404-390 BC, Hemidrachm, 1.82g. SNG Keckman-366, SNG Cop-725. Obv: Head of Helios three-quarter face to r. Rx: P - O l. and r. of rose, all within incuse square. A very early and quite rare hemidrachm, both sides of which are in high relief. EF $650 CARIA, RHODES; c. 205-188 BC, Drachm, 2.45g. SNG Keckman-; BM-; SNG Cop-; Ashton NC 1987-, 1988-, 1989-, 1995-, 2002-. Obv: Head of Helios facing, slightly r. Rx: P - O to either side of rose, magistrate’s name ΑΙΝΗΤΩΡ above, panther in field r. Not in works consulted; perhaps unpublished. aEF $450 CARIA/LYCIA, PSEUDO-RHODIAN; c. 185-170 BC, Drachm, 2.58g. Ashton, Num. Chron. 1987, p. 9, 9-12, pl. 2. Obv: Head of Helios facing three-quarter r., chimera in oblong countermark to r. of face. Rx: Rose, bud and Γ l., caduceus r., P - O l. and r. of rose, MOYΣAIOΣ above. Toned EF $200

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CENTRAL GREECE, PSEUDO-RHODIAN; c. 175-170 BC, Drachm, 2.64g. Ashton, Num. Chron. 1995-pl. 2, 51 (this coin). Obv: Head of Helios facing three-quarter r. Rx: Rose, bud r., dolphin l., ΔΗΜοΚΛΗ[Σ] above. This coin cited and illustrated by Ashton; from the 1992 Rougha, Acarnania, hoard. Choice EF $275 CARIA, RHODES; c. 175 BC on, Hemidrachm, 1.45g. Jenkins-156. Obv: Radiate head of Helios facing three-quarter r. Rx: Rose, bud r., snake l., P - O l. and low r. of rose, TIMOKPATHΣ above, all in shallow incuse square. aEF / EF $150 CARIA, RHODES; c. 88-84 BC, Drachm, 3.47g. Jenkins-244, SNG Keckman-684. Obv: Radiate head of Helios r. Rx: Rose with bud to r.; ΚΑΛΛΙΞΕΙΝΟΣ above, caduceus to l.; all within incuse square. From the Philip Ashton Collection. Toned EF $300 LYDIA, CROESUS; c. 561-546 BC, 1/6 Stater, 1.67g. 100 Greatest Ancient Coins, Berk-25. Obv: Confronted foreparts of lion and bull. Rx: Two-part incuse. First bimetallic series. Acquired from Harlan Berk, 2014. VF $1650


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LYDIA, CROESUS; 561-546 BC, 1/24 Stater, 0.42g. Berk-30. Obv: Confronted parts of lion and bull. Rx: Double incuse punch. gVF $1500 Kraay & Hirmer Plate Coin DYNAST OF LYCIA, MITHRAPATA; 385-375 BC, Stater, 9.80g. Kraay & Hirmer-658 (this coin); Olcay-Morkholm-66 (dies A3/P5, this coin); Boston-Supp.-22g. Obv: Forepart of lion with open jaws r. Rx: Portrait of Mithrapata l., triskeles lower r., Lycian inscription Mithrapata in Lycian script before and behind; all within incuse square. Ex Leu 81, 16 May 2001, lot 312; ex Leu 13, 29-30 April 1975, lot 273; from the Podalia Hoard of 1957 (IGCH 1262). In this issue the portrait of a living person appears on a coin for the first time. EF $8750 CILICIA, TARSUS; Satrap Mazaios, 361-334 BC, Stater, 10.87g. SNG Levante-106 var. (grain ear), SNG Paris BN-350 var. (same). Obv: Baal of Tarsus seated holding eagle, wheat ear and bunch of grapes in r. hand and scepter in l. Rx: Lion attacking bull, grain ear and monogram below. From the Philip Ashton Collection. EF $525

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ACHAEMENID EMPIRE; Darius I-Xerxes II, 485-420 BC, Asia Minor mint, Daric, 8.27g. Carradice Type IIIb. Obv: Kneeling running king r. holding spear and bow. Rx: Irregular incuse. Ex Berk 178, 15 March 2012, lot 7. Mint State $2850 EUAGORAS I; Stater, 11.00g. Sear-5806. Obv: Head of Herakles wearing lionskin r. Rx: Goat kneeling r. with barley grain above. Obverse struck with a rusty die, as usual. Most of the obverses of this issue are worse than this coin. VF / EF $1800 CILICIA, TARSUS; Satrap Mazaios, 361-334 BC, Stater, 10.74g. SNG Levante-106 var., SNG Paris BN-350 var. (same). Obv: Baal of Tarsus seated holding eagle, wheat ear and bunch of grapes in r. hand and scepter in l. Rx: Lion attacking bull, grain ear and monogram below. From the Philip Ashton Collection. Obverse struck with a worn die. Mint State $650

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Panhellenic Festival Tetradrachm ANTIOCHUS IV EPIPHANES; c. 166-165 BC, Tetradrachm, 16.79g. SC-1401 (only 10 recorded), Newell-SMA 64. Obv: Laureate head of Apollo r. Rx: Sculpture of Apollo Citharoedus created by the artist Bryaxis wearing a long peplos, advancing r. playing lyre and holding patera; BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOY ΘEOY to r., EΠIΦANOYΣ NIKHΦOPOY to l. This wonderful coin was one of the two commemorative coins struck for the Panhellenic festival that Antiochus IV created to compete with the festival the Romans were carrying on. The festival lasted about 30 days and had many parades, dinners, and athletic events. This coin depicts a real statue of Apollo that was shown at the games. This coin with head of Apollo on obverse is considerably rarer than its companion piece showing head of Zeus, so may be considered one of the most desirable coins issued by the Seleucid kings. All but one of the known specimens are of the same grade with the same toning, suggesting that they all derive from a single find dispersed before 1980. We have offered this coin more than once, but it seems that its importance has not been recognized. We still have great confidence in it. Toned Bold VF $14500 SYRIA, ALEXANDER I; 152-145 BC. Tyre, Year 166=147/6 BC, Tetradrachm, 13.32g. SC-1835.5b. Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Alexander I r., no legend. Rx: AΛEΞANΔPOY - BAΣIΛEΩΣ Eagle with closed wings standing l. on ship’s ram, palm branch under far wing, club surmounted by TYP monogram in l. field, date CΞP and ΓHP monogram in r. field. Exquisite portrait. Mint State $875


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HEROD ANTIPAS; 4 BCE-39 CE. Tiberias, Year 37=33/4 CE, Half Unit, 6.80g. Hendin-1212. Obv: TIBE / PIAC in two lines within wreath. Rx: HPΩΔOV TE - TPAPXOV Palm branch upright, date L - ΛZ across field. aEF $1250 THE JEWISH WAR (FIRST REVOLT); Year 2=67/8 CE, Shekel, 13.96g. Hendin-1358. Obv: Chalice with pearled rim, the base is raised by projections on ends; Hebrew legend around (Shekel of Israel), and date (Year 2) above chalice. Rx: Stem with pearled bottom and three pomegranates; Hebrew legend around (Jerusalem the Holy). Hairlines on lower part of obverse. EF $7800 PARTHIA, MITHRADATES I, 171-138 BC; Drachm, 4.26g. Shore-24, Sellwood-11.1. Obv: Diademed, draped bust of king l., wearing torque. Rx: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣ—ΑΚΟΥ in three lines around archer seated r. on omphalos, examining bow. From the Philip Ashton Collection. Mint State $650

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PARTHIA, ORODES II, 57-38 BC; Drachm, 3.76g. Shore-261, Sellwood-48.9. Obv: Bust of king l. with short beard, wearing diadem and horse or hippocamp torque; star before, star and crescent behind. Rx: Archer seated r. on throne holding bow, anchor behind. From the Philip Ashton Collection. EF $285 PARTHIA, VARDANES I, 40-45 AD; Year ΔΝΤ = Nov. 42 AD, Tetradrachm, 14.58g. Sellwood-64.11, Shore-. Obv: Bust diademed l. Rx: King enthroned r. receiving palm from Tyche holding cornucopia, date in field above palm. From the Philip Ashton Collection. Rare variety from year ΔΝΤ, missing in Shore. Ancient graffiti lettering in obverse right field. Near Mint State $425 PTOLEMAIC, PTOLEMY I; 323-282 BC, Alexandria, c. 294-282 BC, Tetradrachm, 13.72g. CPE-168, SNG Cop-70, Svoronos-255. Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I r. with [aegis], tiny Δ behind ear. Rx: [ΠTOΛEMAIOY] - BAΣIΛEΩΣ Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt, in l. field P above ΠAP monogram. Choice EF $775

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PTOLEMAIC, PTOLEMY II; 285-246 BC. Sidon, Year 39 = 247/246 BC, Tetradrachm, 14.02g. Svoronos-756, pl. XXII, 7 var. (there ΔI in lower l. field). Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I r. wearing aegis. Rx: ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ - ΣΩTHPΩΣ Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt, in l. field ΣI and Δ monogram, in r. field date ΛΘ and W monogram. Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. Purchased from Pegasi in November 2015. VF $300 PTOLEMAIC, PTOLEMY III; 246-222 BC. Alexandria, AE 38, 47.55g. CPE-B371, SNG Cop-227, Svoronos-974. Obv: Diademed, horned head of Zeus Ammon r. Rx: ΠTOΛEMAIOY - BAΣIΛEΩΣ Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt, head r., cornucopia bound with royal diadem on eagle’s shoulder; between legs E with upper two horizontal strokes joined. EF $575 PTOLEMAIC, PTOLEMY VIII, 145-116 BC; Salamis, Year 30=141/0 BC, Tetradrachm, 13.88g. SNG Cop-574, Svoronos-1537. Obv: Head of king r. Rx: Eagle l. on thunderbolt. From the Philip Ashton Collection, ex Pegasi 34, June 2016, lot 234. aEF / EF $450

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PTOLEMAIC, PTOLEMY X; 101-88 BC. Alexandria, Year 17=98/97 BC, Tetradrachm, 13.38g. SNG Cop-366, Svoronos-1677. Obv: Diademed head of king r. with [aegis]. Rx: ΠT[OΛEMAI]OY - BAΣIΛEΩΣ Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt, date LIZ in l. field, ΠA in r. field. VF $280 PTOLEMAIC, PTOLEMY XII; 80-51 BC. Alexandria, Year 3=79/78 BC, Tetradrachm, 13.56g. SNG Cop-378, Svoronos-1849. Obv: Diademed head of king r. with aegis. Rx: ΠTOΛEMAIOY - BAΣIΛEΩΣ Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt, date LΓ in l. field, ΠA in r. field. VF $300 UNCERTAIN PTOLEMAIC KING; Uncertain Mint, Cyprus, c. late 2nd century BC, Didrachm, 6.20g. SNG Cop-637, Svoronos-1789. Obv: Bust of young Dionysus r., wreathed with ivy, thyrsus over shoulder. Rx: ΠTOΛEMAIOY - BAΣIΛEΩΣ Eagle standing l. on thunderbolt, wings open. Fine $400 ARABIA FELIX, SABAEANS AND HIMYARITES, IMITATING ATHENS; 354-300 BC, Drachm, 5.11g. BMC-pp. 45-6. Obv: Helmeted head of Athena r.; on her cheek, Sabaean letter N. Rx: Owl standing r., head facing, olive spray and crescent behind, AΘE before. VF / Fine $250


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ROMAN REPUBLIC Brockages 97. Q. CURTIUS, OBVERSE BROCKAGE; 116-115 BC, Denarius, 3.80g. Type of Cr-285/2, Syd-537, and RSC Curtia-2. Obv: Helmeted head of Roma r., Q CVRT before, X behind. Rx: Incuse mirror image of obverse type and legend. From the Philip Ashton Collection, acquired via eBay, September 2008; stated to be ex CNG. VF / EF $250 98. P. NERVA, OBVERSE BROCKAGE; 113-112 BC, Denarius, 3.84g. Type of Cr-292/1, Syd-548, RSC Licinia-7. Obv: Helmeted bust of Rome l., holding spear over shoulder and shield; on shield, horseman leaping l.; to l. and above, star and crescent; ROMA behind. Rx: Incuse mirror image of obverse type and legend. From the Philip Ashton Collection, acquired from CNG, June 2000. Exceptionally beautiful obverse. EF $400 99. TI. QUINCTIUS, OBVERSE BROCKAGE; 112-111 BC, Denarius, 3.91g. Type of Cr-297/1b, Syd-563, RSC Quinctia-6. Obv: Laureate bust of Hercules seen from back, head l., wearing lionskin, club over shoulder. Rx: Incuse mirror image of obverse type and legend. From the Philip Ashton Collection, bought from Pegasi, November 2005. VF $350 100. Q. TITIUS, OBVERSE BROCKAGE; 90 BC, Denarius, 3.53g. Type as Cr-341/1, Syd-691, and RSC Titia-1. Obv: Bearded head r., wearing winged diadem. Rx: Incuse mirror image of obverse type. From the Philip Ashton Collection, ex Berk 134, 8 October 2003, lot 197. VF $300 101. L. FARSULEIUS MENSOR, OBVERSE BROCKAGE; 75 BC, Denarius, 3.99g. Type of Cr-392/1b, Syd-789, and RSC Farsuleia-2. Obv: Diademed, draped bust of Liberty r. wearing pearl necklace, S C and cap of Liberty behind, MENSOR before. Rx: Incuse mirror image of obverse type and legend. From the Philip Ashton Collection, acquired from CNG, June 2000. EF $300 IMPERATORIAL 102. CN. DOMITITIUS AHENOBARBUS; 41 BC, Denarius, 3.94g. Cr-519/2, Syd-1177 (R5), Sear Imperators-339. Obv: Bearded head of L. Ahenobarbus r., AHENOBAR before. Rx: CN.DOMITIVS.IMP Ship’s prow r., on which trophy. Purchased at CICF, March 1985. Areas of weakness in the dies. Mint State $1375

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103. MARK ANTONY; Military mint, 32-31 BC, Denarius, 3.68g. Cr-544/15, Syd-1217, C-28 (2 Fr.), Sear, Imperators-350. Obv: ANT AVG / [III V]IR R P C Galley r., with scepter tied with fillet at prow. Rx: LEG - III Legionary eagle between two standards. VF $400 104. MARK ANTONY; Military Mint, 32-31 BC, Legionary Denarius, 3.75g. Cf. Cr-544/18; Syd-1219 (R2); C-32 (2 Fr.); and Sear, Imperators-354. Obv: Ship r., with scepter tied with fillet on prow; above, [A]NT.AVG.; below, III.VIR R.P.C. Rx: Legionary eagle between two standards; below, LEG - V[...]. Legionary number uncertain. Near Mint State $750 105. MARK ANTONY; 32-31 BC, Legionary Denarius, 3.38g. Cr-544/20; Syd-1224; C-34; Sear, Imperators-357. Obv: ANT AVG above, IIIVIR R P C below, Galley r., scepter tied with fillet on prow. Rx: Legionary eagle between two standards, LEG - VII below. VF $300 106. MARK ANTONY; Military Mint, 32-31 BC, Legionary Denarius, 3.89g. Cr-544/27; Syd-1232a (R2); C-42 (2 Fr.); Sear, Imperators-367. Obv: Ship r., with scepter tied with fillet on prow; above, ANT.A[VG.]; below, III.VIR [R.P.C.]. Rx: Legionary eagle between two standards; below, LEG - XIII. Good VF with Luster $575 107. MARK ANTONY; Military Mint, 32-31 BC, LegionaryDenarius, 4.02g. Cr-544/30; Syd-1235 (R2); C-47 (2 Fr.); Sear, Imperators-371. Obv: Ship r., with scepter tied with fillet on prow; above, [ANT.AVG.]; below, III.VIR R.P.C. Rx: Legionary eagle between two standards; below, LEG - XV. Some flat striking of ship. EF with luster $575 108. MARK ANTONY; Ptolemais-Ace, Phoenicia, Year 11 = 39/38 BC, AE 23-25, 10.53g. RPC-4740 (11 spec.). Obv: Bare head of Antony r., all in wreath. Rx: Turreted Tyche standing l., holding aplustre and rudder in r. hand (she stands on the bottom half of the rudder), cornucopia and palm branch in l.; behind her, ΠΤΟΛ[Ε]/ΜΑΕΩ[Ν]/ΙΕPΑΣ; at upper r., LIA/KAI A[ΣYΛOY]. Rather sharp portrait of Antony, unusually nice for issue. Lines across portrait. aEF $3750


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Cleopatra VII 109. CLEOPATRA AND MARK ANTONY; 36 BC, Tetradrachm, 14.17g. RPC-4094. Obv: Diademed and draped bust of Cleopatra r., Greek legend “Queen Cleopatra Thea the Younger”. Rx: Bare head of Antony r., Greek legend “Antony, Imperator for the third time, Triumvir”. While this coin is rather worn, the portrait of Cleopatra is still desirable. The pearls around her neck and front of her dress show the great wealth of the queen. Fine $4000 ROMAN IMPERIAL & PROVINCIAL Brockage 110. AUGUSTUS, OBVERSE BROCKAGE; 27 BC-14 AD, Uncertain Mint 2 (Colonia Patricia?), c. 19 BC, Denarius, 3.31g. RIC-pp. 4647. Obv: CAESAR - AV[GVSTVS] Head bare r. Rx: Incuse mirror image of obverse portrait and legend. From the Philip Ashton Collection, acquired in 2008. Fine / EF $300 111. AUGUSTUS, DIVUS, RESTORED BY NERVA; Rome, Sestertius, 21.95g. BMC-153, pl. 8.1 (same obv. die), Paris-141, RIC-136 (R ), C-570 (15 Fr.). Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS Head laureate r. Rx: IMP NERVA CAESAR AV[GVSTV]S REST around large S C. From the John Whitney Walter Collection, purchased from Harlan Berk, 11 December 1993. Bold portrait of the deified Augustus, on his only Rome-mint portrait sestertius, a scarce restored issue of Nerva. The fields have been cleaned with a tool as was common in the 19th century and earlier. aEF $2000

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Ex Bourgey, 2-6 March 1925 112. CALIGULA; 37-41 AD, Lugdunum, 37-8 AD, Aureus, 7.71g. BM-10 note; RIC-9 (R3); Giard, Lyon-159/2 (this coin); Calicó-331. Obv: C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT Bare head of Caligula r. Rx: DIVVS AVG - PATER PATRIAE Radiate head of Divus Augustus r. Ex NAC 54, 24 March 2010, lot 328; ex Leu 38, 13 May 1986, lot 229; ex Leu 10, 29 May 1974, lot 328; ex Bourgey, 2-6 March 1925, Recamier Collection, lot 120. Rare with this obverse legend and bare-headed portrait of Caligula; Giard lists only three such coins, our specimen plus two others, in Vienna and Copenhagen. The variant with Caligula’s portrait laureate is considerably commoner: Giard-166 lists 18 such specimens. Caligula aurei are very desirable and scarce, but usually come in only Fine to VF condition. This coin has a contact mark on the nose of Caligula as well as small contact marks in the field in front of his nose and mouth, but its long and distinguished pedigree attests to its quality and desirability. Mint State $120000 Exquisite Portrait 113. NERO; 54-68 AD, Rome, 65-6 AD, Sestertius, 28.88g. BM-178, C-262 (Gréau Sale), RIC-274. Obv: NERO CLAVD CAESAR AVG GER P M TR P IMP P P Head laureate l. Rx: ROMA in exergue, S - C across field, Helmeted Roma seated l. on cuirass and other arms (two shields and a helmet), l. foot on another helmet, holding Victory and parazonium. From the John Whitney Walter Collection, purchased from Harlan Berk, 11 December 1993. An unusual reverse variant with Roma’s parazonium resting on a helmet which itself rests diagonally atop two shields. Another similar specimen: Gorny & Mosch 181, 12 October 2009, lot 2070; a corresponding dupondius, Paris 381, pl. LI. The portrait of Nero on this sestertius is outstanding. It not only has a beautiful image of the face, but shows 5 o’clock shadow in the lower part of his jaw. The seated Roma on the reverse is also extremely elegant. Dark green patina.. Bold EF $12500


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Ex Ars Classica XVIII, 1938 114. GALBA; 68-69 AD, Rome, Sestertius, 26.68g. BMC-p. 356, (Walters Coll.); Paris-235, pl. XVII (same dies); C-4 (40 Fr.); RIC-464; Kraay-374 (dies A 124 / P 188, Paris and 4 other spec.). Obv: SER SVLPI GALBA IMP CAE - SAR AVG P M TR P Bust laureate r. with aegis (Medusa head and snakes) on front shoulder. Rx: ADLOCVTIO in exergue, S - C across field, Galba addressing the army. On the l., Galba in military dress standing r. on platform, attended by officer standing behind him, and guarded by two lictors standing r. before the platform, holding fasces over their shoulders. On r., two helmeted soldiers standing l., looking up at the emperor, the first holding a shield, the second a spear and a shield. Between the soldiers, the head and forelegs of a horse; above their heads, a vexillum, a standard, and a legionary eagle. From the Philip C. Peck Collection; ex Stack’s, 20-22 November 1967, Hall Park McCullough Collection, lot 1127; ex Ars Classica XVIII, 10 October 1938, [de Sartiges] Collection, lot 113. This coin comes from Kraay’s ‘Officina G’, one of the finest and most interesting issues of sestertii ever produced by the mint of Rome, with portraits of superb style and many fascinating, often multifigured reverse types, seven of which were struck from only a single reverse die each and none of them from more than four reverse dies. Our ADLOCVTIO type is known from two reverse dies, ours with S - C in field and a second with S C in exergue below the legend ADLOCVTIO. This coin is one of the most intricate and desirable types issued by Galba. When coins of this type do rarely appear, they are usually rather worn and in only Fine to Good Fine condition. Only about two examples exist in Mint State. This coin is VF/EF with some porosity on the obverse. It was one of the very desirable coins that Phil Peck was extremely proud of when he got it out of Stack’s Hall Park McCullough sale in 1967. Olive toning.. VF / EF $15000 Exquisite 115. OTHO; 69 AD, Rome, Denarius, 3.57g. BM-19, Paris-12, C-15 (12 Fr.), RIC-10 (R3). Obv: [IMP] OTHO CAESAR AVG TR P Head bare r. Rx: SECVRI - TAS P R Securitas standing l. holding wreath and scepter. From the John Whitney Walter Collection, purchased from Harlan Berk, c. 1993. This is one of the most beautiful portraits of Otho we have ever handled, and the reverse too is in fine style and sharply struck. No doubt these dies were also used to strike aurei. Near Mint State $6500

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116. OTHO; 69 AD, Alexandria, Egypt, Billon Tetradrachm, 12.17g. RPC-5357 (3 spec.). Obv: AYTOK [MAPK OΘΩN]OΣ KAIΣ ΣE[B] Head laureate r., date LA before neck. Rx: [PΩ] - MH Helmeted bust of Roma r., holding spear and shield; before face, simpulum. From Otho’s scarce first issue of Alexandrian tetradrachms, carrying on the simpulum symbol from Galba’s latest issue. gVF $1650 Excessively Rare 117. VITELLIUS; 69 AD, Rome, Sestertius, 23.73g. BM-49, pl. 62.15 (same dies); Paris-103, pl. XXIV (same dies); C-53 (200 Fr.); RIC-134. Obv: A VITELLIVS GERMAN IMP AVG P M TR P Bust laureate, draped r., seen from side. Rx: L VITELL CEN - SOR. II around, S C in exergue, L. Vitellius, the emperor’s deceased father, seated l., togate, on curule chair on platform, receiving something from or handing something to the first of three togate figures who stand r. on the ground before him; the second togate figure on the ground also raises his r. arm towards the seated censor, though that raised arm is mostly concealed behind the first standing figure; above the heads of the three standing figures, a man seated r. on an invisible platform, probably a scribe writing down the names of those who are approaching the censor. This sestertius of Vitellius commemorating his father’s censorship under Claudius is very rare, apparently coming from only one reverse die. The specimens known to Colin Kraay in his unpublished Oxford dissertation of 1953 were all from the same die pair as ours, and the same is true of all the specimens we have been able to locate in CoinArchives Pro, the Berk photofile centering on auction catalogues of c. 1970-1990, and a large number of collection and auction catalogues in the Berk library. A plaster cast in BM is stated to show the same reverse type coupled with a variant obverse legend, reading GERMANICVS rather than GERMAN (RIC 114); we would expect this variant, if confirmed, to also come from the same reverse die. Similarly a sestertius in Berlin reported to have not CENSOR II but CENSOR III in the reverse legend (RIC 135) must surely just be a tooled CENSOR II from the same reverse die. Vitellius’ father was the most distinguished member of the Senate during Claudius’ reign, having served as consul three times, the last two times with the emperor as his colleague, and then becoming censor with Claudius in 47-48 AD. The title CENSOR II in the sestertius type is odd, perhaps referring to the fact that the censorship of Vitellius’ father was carried out in two consecutive years, for L. Vitellius was certainly censor only once, and correctly has the title CENSOR only on the gold and silver coins struck by his son, not CENSOR II as in the sestertius type. See the discussion of this question by Eckhel, Doctrina VI, pp. 314-5, followed by Mattingly, BMC I, p. ccxxv. Roman portraits of Vitellius perfectly centered like this are quite scarce and desirable. This coin is even more desirable because of its reverse type commemorating Vitellius’ father, which was apparently struck from only one reverse die. Wonderful green patina with some earthen toning. EF/VF $15750


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Jadea Capta 118. VESPASIAN; 69-79 AD, Rome, 70 AD, Denarius, 3.00g. RIC-2 (C2), BM-35, Paris-23, C-226 (5 Fr.). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG Head laureate r. Rx: IVDAEA in exergue, Mourning Jewess seated r. on ground beside trophy. This coin exhibits an unusually sharp, exalted portrait of the emperor. EF / gVF $900 119. VESPASIAN; 69-79 AD, Rome, 70 AD, 3.48g. RIC-19 (C), BM-7, Paris-7, C-84 (2 Fr.). Obv: IMP CAESAR VESPASIANVS AVG Head laureate r. Rx: COS ITER - FORT RED Fortuna standing l., setting r. hand on prow and holding cornucopia in l. hand. Ex Philip T. Ashton Collection. Ex Berk 133, 22 July 2003, lot 320. Mint State $550 120. VESPASIAN, DIVUS; Died 79 AD, Rome, 80 AD, Denarius, 3.36g. RIC-357 (C2), BM-129, Paris-101, C-497. Obv: DIVVS AVGVSTVS VESPASIANVS Head laureate r. Rx: Two capricorns, horned and bearded, on globe supporting shield inscribed S C; the globe is between the capricorns and their tails are not shown. From the Philip Ashton Collection, acquired from Pegasi, March 2012. EF $500 Only two piglets 121. TITUS AS CAESAR; 70-79 AD, Rome, 78-9 AD, Denarius, 3.44g. Rev. type variant of RIC-986 (C ), BM-227, Paris-203, and C-104 (2 Fr.). Obv: T CAESAR - [VESPASIA]NVS Head laureate r. Rx: IMP XIII in exergue, Sow l. with two piglets. The third piglet usually depicted beneath the sow’s tail has been omitted from this die. By chance the same variant reverse die was erroneously also coupled with an obverse die of Vespasian’s: Gorny & Mosch 152, 9 October 2006, lot 2086. Ex Philip Ashton Collection, acquired from Berk 126, 23 April 2002, lot 245 . gVF $375 122. DOMITIAN; 81-96 AD, Rome, 81 AD, Denarius, 3.65g. RIC-26 (R ), C-63 (Gréau Sale, 5 Fr.), BMC-p. 300, †. Obv: IMP CAES DOMITIANVS AVG P M Head laureate r. Rx: COS VII - DES VIII P P Dolphin coiled around anchor. Ex Philip Ashton Collection, acquired from Berk 105, 17 November 1998, lot 361. A rare variant without TR P in reverse legend, cited by Cohen-63 from the Gréau Sale, and by RIC-26 from a specimen acquired by the BM in 1987, which is from the same reverse die as ours (RIC pl. 117, 26). Orange and yellow toning on obverse. EF $300 123. TRAJAN; 98-117 AD, Rome, 116 AD, Denarius, 3.27g. Woytek, MIR-562v (107 spec.); BM-607; C-315; RIC-364. Obv: With title PARTHICO, Bust laureate, draped r., seen from side. Rx: PRO - VID across field, P - M TR P CO - S VI P P SPQ - R around, Providentia standing l. leaning on column, extending r. hand over large globe at feet, scepter in l. hand; on globe double equatorial lines. From the Philip Ashton Collection, acquired from Grunow, Berlin, July 2002. Coins of Trajan are extremely common, but most of them circulated heavily, with the result that a coin of Trajan in mint state, or virtually so, is rather scarce. Mint State $450

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Rare River God in Exergue 124. HADRIAN; 117-138 AD, Rome, c. 121-4 AD, Aureus, 7.13g. BM-99, RIC-59, C-1084 (150 Fr.), Strack-89 (the BM coin and 3 others), Calicó-1321 (same dies). Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIAN - HADRIANVS AVG Head laureate r. Rx: P M TR - P COS III Hercules, holding club resting on ground and apple, standing front, head r., between two standing female figures, all three of them within a flat-roofed temple; below the temple, river god reclining r. and prow. The reverse depicts a temple of Hercules of Gades in Spain, appropriate for an emperor whose family came from that province. A contemporary type showing a similar Hercules standing alone, with prow and river god at feet, is explicitly labeled HERC GADIT (BMC 274, pl. 51.21). Several variants of this type occur, of which ours with the two divinities flanking Hercules in the temple and with the river god and prow in exergue is the most elaborate. Very rare. VF $4875 125. HADRIAN; 117-138 AD, Rome, 125-8 AD, Denarius, 3.32g. BM-464, pl. 55.17; C-466 (2 Fr.); RIC-202. Obv: HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS Bust laureate r., with fold of cloak on front shoulder. Rx: COS - III Crescent moon and seven stars, the stars arranged three below and four above, in two slightly curving rows. From the Philip Ashton Collection, acquired from Grunow, Berlin, July 2002. Some encrustation. Mint State $400 126. HADRIAN; 117-138 AD, Cistophoric tetradrachm, Ephesus, 10.63g. RPC-1328, Metcalf Type 5, BM-1089, C-535 (25 Fr.). Obv: HADRIANVS - AVG COS III P P Head bare r. Rx: DIANA - EPHESIA Facing cult image of Ephesian Artemis, arms extended l. and r. over stags who look back at her, fillets falling from wrists. Probably overstruck on a cistophorus of Mark Antony and Octavia, RPC-2201: snake coils on Hadrian’s shoulder, traces of wreath at 1-2 o’clock on reverse edge. VF $985


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130. HADRIAN; 117-138 AD, Cistophoric Tetradrachm, Mint C, 10.55g. RPC-1437, Metcalf-Type 88. Obv: HADRIANVS - AVGVSTVS P P Head bare r. Rx: COS - III, Cult image of Artemis Ephesia facing front, arms extended l. and r. over stags who look away from her; fillets fall to ground from wrists, ending in trident shape. VF $925 Extremely Detailed Lighthouse 131. HADRIAN; 117-138 AD, Alexandria, Egypt, Year 17 = 132/3 AD, Drachm, 26.56g. Emmett-1002/17 (R1=Common), Dattari-1766, RPC-5838 (31 spec.). Obv: AVT KAIC TPAIAN - AΔPIANOC CEB Bust laureate, draped, cuirassed r. Rx: Isis advancing r. holding inflated sail and sistrum; before her the Alexandrian lighthouse (Pharos), a square, slightly tapered tower with door at bottom and lantern at top, the lantern surmounted by a statue and flanked by two tritons blowing horns; date [L]I - Z across field. The two rows of dots near the top of the lighthouse tower may represent windows. From the Philip C. Peck Collection. Drachms of Hadrian with Isis and the lighthouse are very desirable. Normally they come extremely worn. This wonderful example shows a tremendous amount of detail on the lighthouse that is rarely seen, making it rather rare and desirable. Light brown surface with green patination.. VF / EF $1950

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141. PERTINAX; 193 AD, Rome, Denarius, 2.35g. BM-13, C-43 (50 Fr.), RIC-11a (R2). Obv: [I]MP CAES P HELV - PERTIN AVG Head laureate r. Rx: PROVID - DEOR COS II The Human Race standing l., raising both forearms towards star in field. Purchased from Spink, date not recorded. Unusually beautiful portrait looking somewhat Greek in style. VF $1150 Africa 142. SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS; 193-211 AD, Rome, 207 AD, Denarius, 3.38g. BM-309, C-25 (3 Fr.), RIC-253. Obv: SEVERVS - PIVS AVG Head laureate r. Rx: AFRICA Africa standing r. wearing elephant-skin headdress, holding out fold of drapery filled with wheat ears, lion at her feet. From the Philip Ashton Collection, ex Berk 119, 15 March 2001, lot 382. Scarce: 18 specimens in Reka Devnia hoard. EF $300 Africa 143. SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS; 193-211 AD, Rome, 207 AD, Denarius, 2.68g. BM-531, C-493 (3 Fr.), RIC-207. Obv: SEVERVS - PIVS AVG Head laureate r. Rx: P M TR P XV - COS III P P Africa standing r. wearing elephant-skin headdress, holding out fold of drapery filled with wheat ears, lion at her feet. From the Philip Ashton Collection, acquired in April 1997. Mint State $285 Victoria Britannica 144. SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS; 193-211 AD, Rome, 210-11 AD, Denarius, 3.52g. BM-52, C-727, RIC-332. Obv: SEVERVS PIVS - AVG BRIT Head laureate r. Rx: VICTORIAE BRIT Victory advancing r. holding wreath and palm. From the Philip Ashton Collection, purchased in April 1998. Mint State $350 145. SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS; 193-211 AD, Caesarea, Cappadocia, Year 17=209 AD, Tridrachm, 6.40g. Berk 166, 15 October 2009, 527 (same dies), otherwise apparently unpublished. Obv: AY KAI Λ CEΠTI - CEOYHPOC Head laureate r. Rs: MHTP KAIC - API NEΩK around, ET IZ in exergue, Draped half figure of Artemis (?) l., band in hair, long tresses falling onto both shoulders and down neck, holding scepter before her in half-raised r. hand, and plate of fruit below her breasts with her l. hand. Apparently only the third recorded Caesarean silver coin of the Severan period with this reverse type, the first being a drachm of Septimius of Year 16 that appeared in Lanz 109, 27 May 2002, lot 576, and the second the tridrachm of Septimius from the same dies in Berk 166, 2009, lot 527. Before 2002 the type had only been known on Caesarean coins of Domitian and Trajan, e.g. RPC-1668 and Sydenham/Malloy p. 67, fig. 59 and pl. I, 195b. Areas of corrosion, but outstanding rare reverse type of Artemis. VF / aEF $600


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156. GORDIAN III AND GREAT GOD; 238-244 AD, Odessus, Moesia Inferior, AE 26-28, 10.73g. AMNG-2329 (2 spec.), Varbanov-4495. Obv: AVT K MA in exergue, ANTΩNIOC ΓOPΔIANOC around, Vis-à-vis busts of emperor, laureate, draped, cuirassed r., seen from front, and Great God, draped l., seen from front, wearing kalathos, with cornucopia behind and below his bust. Rx: OΔHC - CEITΩ around, N in exergue, Hades-Serapis, kalathos on head, seated l., extending r. hand above three-headed monster at feet, holding scepter in l. hand, value mark E in l. field. Cf. an obverse legend variant from the same reverse die, Varbanov 4496, his illustration mislabeled 4495. Lustrous olive patina. Near Mint State $685 157. TRANQUILLINA; Caesarea, Cappadocia, Year 4=241 AD, Drachm, 3.04g. Sydenham/Malloy-617aa, citing Leu 18, 1977, lot 373 (same obv. die). Obv: CABINIA TRANKVΛΛINA AV Bust draped r., wearing stephane, the hair falling onto neck arranged in two horizontal ridges. Rx: MHTPO KAICA B NE around, ET Δ in exergue, Mt. Argaeus, without pellet in field. Rare silver drachm of Tranquillina at Caesarea, unknown until 1978 when Sydenham/Malloy-617aa reported two specimens, in Leu 18, 5 May 1977, lot 373 and the Burbules Collection. Recently several dozen further specimens of this rare drachm have appeared on the market, mostly of Year 4 like the two Sydenham/Malloy pieces, but also several of Year 5. The Year 4 pieces all seem to come from only three obverse dies, one without stephane and with a nest of braids on the neck, and two with stephane and without the nest of braids. The Year 4 reverse dies vary in the abbreviation of the legend, KAIC B N or KAICA B NE, and in the placement of a pellet in the field left of Mt. Argeus on some dies. The three Year 5 drachms come from a fourth obverse die, and from two reverse dies, both with a pellet in upper right rather than upper left field. Rome-mint antoniniani and denarii of Tranquillina are very rare and very expensive; her silver drachms of Caesaraea, which are probably just as rare but have become available on the market because of a recent find, represent about the only reasonable way to obtain her portrait on a silver coin. As an added benefit, you receive an excellent representation of Mt. Argaeus. EF $775 158. PROBUS; 276-282 AD, Rome, Antoninianus, 4.69g. RIC-185, C-530. Obv: IMP PRO - BVS AVG Bust radiate, cuirassed r., almost halflength, seen from front, with Medusa head and aegis on breast of cuirass and fold of aegis over front shoulder. Rx: ROMAE - AETER Roma seated front, head l., in six-columned temple, holding Victory and scepter; in exergue R*A. NGC 4167167-006 . Silvered Mint State $200

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159. AURELIAN AND VABALATHUS; Antioch, 270-272 AD, Antoninianus, 3.87g. RIC-381 (Scarce), C-1, Göbl-353/4 (27 spec.), Paris-1246. Obv: VABALATHVS VCRIMDR Laureate and diademed bust of Vabalathus r. Rx: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG Radiate bust of Aurelian r., Δ (=officina 4) below. Vabalathus wears both a diadem and a laurel wreath. This fact has been overlooked in most of the current handbooks, although it was pointed out in 1870 by A. von Sallet in his book “Die Daten der Alexandrinischen Kaisermünzen”. A rather common coin, but almost never seen in mint state. Mint State $250 160. DOMITIUS DOMITIANUS; Alexandria, Year 2 = 297/8 AD, Billon Tetradrachm, 12.62g. Dattari/Savio-pl. 292, 10829; Cologne-3367. Obv: ΔOMITI - ANOC CEB Head radiate r. Rx: Serapis standing r., raising r. hand and holding transverse scepter in l.; large palm branch behind him, date LB before. Fine / VF $1500 HOC SIG - NO VICTOR ERIS 161. VETRANIO; 350 AD, Siscia, Centenionalis, 4.77g. RIC-283 (S), C-4 (25 Fr.). Obv: D N VETRA - NIO P F AVG Bust laureate, draped, cuirassed r., seen from front; A behind neck. Rx: HOC SIG - NO VICTOR ERIS Emperor standing l. holding standard topped by Chi Rho banner and transverse spear, crowned by Victory standing behind him who also holds palm branch; .ASIS* in exergue, A in l. field. This reverse type with legend “This Sign Will Bring You Victory” refers to Constantine the Great’s dream on the night before his confrontation with Maxentius at the Milvian Bridge over the Tiber, that he would be victorious if he marked the shields of his soldiers with Christograms. Light silvering. EF $600 Eugenius 162. EUGENIUS; 392-394 AD, Trier, Siliqua, 1.33g. RIC-106d (S), C-14 (20 Fr.). Obv: D N EVGENI - VS P F AVG Pearl-diademed, draped, cuirassed bust r., seen from front. Rx: VIRTVS RO - MANORVM Roma seated l. on cuirass, holding Victory on globe and reversed spear, TRPS in exergue. Toned aEF $1100


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166. JUSTINIAN I; 527-565 AD. Constantinople, Year 15 = 541/2 AD, Follis, 23.74g. Berk-217, Sear-163. Obv: D N IVSTINI - ANVS PP AVG Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding cross on globe and shield; to r., cross. Rx: Large M between A/N/N/O and X / V; above, cross; beneath, officina letter A=1; in exergue CON. Acquired from Ephesus Numismatics, 2008. Near Mint State $475 Rome Mint 167. JUSTINIAN I; 527-565 AD. Rome, c. 542-552 AD, Solidus, 4.47g. MIB-34, Sear-291. Obv: D N IVSTINI - ANVS PP AVI Helmeted and cuirassed bust front, holding cross on globe and shield decorated with horseman. Rx: VICTORI - A AVCCC I (officina 10) Angel standing facing, holding long cross surmounted by P and cross on globe, six-pointed star in r. field, CONOB in exergue. This coin is an exquisite example of a Rome-mint issue, which stylistically is very different from the less well conceived and executed examples of Constantinople. This is one of the plate coins on page 98 of 100 Greatest Ancient Coins.. FDC $5500 Sicily 168. JUSTINIAN I; 527-565 AD. Sicily, c. 542-565 AD, Solidus, 4.48g. Berk-57, MIBE-37a², Sear-328D. Obv: D N IVSTINI - ANVS PP AVI Helmeted and cuirassed bust front, holding cross on globe and shield decorated with horseman. Rx: VICTORI - A AVCCC Δ (officina 4) Angel standing facing, holding long cross surmounted by P and cross on globe, star in r. field, CONOB in exergue. Ex NAC 59, 4-5 April 2011, lot 1208. This coin is an exquisite example of a western-mint solidus. It shows careful die work that is not found on issues of Constantinople. FDC $5000


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169. JUSTINIAN I; 527-565 AD. Carthage, Year 13= 539/40 AD, Follis, 23.33g. Berk-263, MIB-195, Sear-261. Obv: D N IVSTINI - ANVS PP AVG Helmeted, cuirassed bust facing, holding cross on globe and shield; to r., cross. Rx: Large M, between A/N/N/O and X/III; above, cross; beneath, S; in exergue, CAR. Light green patination. This is a scarce and desirable issue in the wonderful series of broad flan folles struck early in the reign of Justinian. EF $1500 170. JUSTIN II AND SOPHIA; 565-578 AD. Carthage, Year 10 = 574/5 AD, Follis, 20.52g. Berk-341, Sear-394, MIB-74, DO-202. Obv: D N IVSTINO ET SOFIA A Justin, on l., and Sophia, on r., seated facing on double throne, each resting r. hand on knee; between their heads, cross; beneath, VITA. Rx: Large M, above which large X (regnal year) and two stars; to l., A/N/N/O; to r., K/A/R. Ex CNG 54, 14 June 2000, lot 1896. This is a very rare issue of Justin II with his wife Sophia. Virtually nothing better has ever appeared and in 19 years only one example has appeared on Coin Archives. EF $2500

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Harlan J. Berk, Ltd. 31 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL. 60602 | 312-609-0018 | www.hjbltd.com Dealers in ancient coins, U.S. & world coins, antiquities & antique maps

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