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This section is reserved for any coins (mainly in replaceable quantities) that have interesting stories behind Emperors, kings, battles and legends that made history!

 

History can be studied in books, but it is so much more exciting to hold that history in your own hands! Reading a coin is not only about identifying an assayer or a rare mint; sometimes it is all about a monarch, king, emperor or tyrant who made history, or maybe a legend that was passed from generation to generation. These coins provide a key for opening the door to world history and treasuring the past.

 

 

 

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Corinthia, Corinth, AR stater, ca. 375-300 BC. Corinthia, Corinth, AR stater, ca. 375-300 BC. 8.33 grams. Pegasi-445; BCD Corinth-129. Pegasos flying left / Helmeted head of Athena left; pine cone behind, delta iota below. Nicely toned VF+. j081416111010 $695
Kings of Cappadocia, AR tetradrachm, Ariarathos VII Philometer, ca. 106-101/0 BC, struck in the name and types of Antiochos VII of Syria, Ariaratheia or Eusebia-Tyana mint, struck ca. 104-2 BC. Kings of Cappadocia, AR tetradrachm, Ariarathos VII Philometer, ca. 106-101/0 BC, struck in the name and types of Antiochos VII of Syria, Ariaratheia or Eusebia-Tyana mint, struck ca. 104-2 BC. Lorber & Houghton Series 1, Issue 3, 121-151 (obverse die A6); SC 2148 (Antiochos VII); HGC 7, 829; HGC 9, 1069 (Antiochos VII). 16.53 grams. Diademed head of Antiochos VII right / Athena Nikephoros standing left; monogram above A to outer left, O to inner left, monogram to inner right; all within laurel wreath. XF with hint of luster and incipient toning, nice details. j021503141005 $495
Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, struck 300-290 BC. Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, struck 300-290 BC. cf. Price 511. 17.13 grams. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / ALEXANDROU, Zeus seated left, holding eagle in right hand, sceptre in left; X in left field, wreath under throne. Bold details, lightly toned VF+, slightly off-center strike. j011504076001 $795
Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, Pella mint, struck under Antipater, Polyperchon or Kassander, ca. 325-315 BC. Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, Pella mint, struck under Antipater, Polyperchon or Kassander, ca. 325-315 BC. 4.07 grams. Price-212; Mueller-191. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin / Zeus Aeotophoros seated left; in left field, Corinthian helmet left. Bold VF+ with dark, contrasting sediment in crevices. j081416111006 $795
Islands off Thrace, Thasos, AR tetradrachm, ca. 140-110 BC. Islands off Thrace, Thasos, AR tetradrachm, ca. 140-110 BC. HGC 6, 359. 16.89 grams. Wreathed head of young Dionysos right / Herakles standing left, holding club, lion skin draped over arm; M to inner left. Lustrous, non-toned XF on a broad flan with full details. j011504076003 $795
Mysia, Parion, AR hemidrachm, 4th century BC. Mysia, Parion, AR hemidrachm, 4th century BC. Cf. SNG France 1356-91. 2.42 grams. Bull standing left, head right; [symbol below?] / Gorgoneion. XF with off-center obverse but choice reverse, light die-rust. j021503142002 $295
Seleukid Kings of Syria, AR tetradrachm, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, struck in the name and types of Alexander III (the Great) of Macedon, Babylon I mint, struck ca. 311-300 BC. Seleukid Kings of Syria, AR tetradrachm, Seleukos I Nikator, 312-281 BC, struck in the name and types of Alexander III (the Great) of Macedon, Babylon I mint, struck ca. 311-300 BC. SC 82.4a; Price 3751; HGC 9, 10f. 17.16 grams. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress / Zeus seated left; MI in left field, monogram in wreath below throne. Bold VF+ with very light toning, attractive strike (well centered). j021503141006 $395
Thessaly, Larissa, AR drachm, ca. 365-356 BC. Lorber, Hoard, Phase L-II, 2737; BCD Thessaly II 316; HGC 4, 453. Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left, hair in ampyx / Horse standing right, preparing to lie down. Lustrous XF with minor die-wear, the reverse slightly off-center.

Thessaly, Larissa, AR drachm, ca. 365-356 BC. Lorber, Hoard, Phase L-II, 2737; BCD Thessaly II 316; HGC 4, 453. 6.03 grams. Head of the nymph Larissa facing slightly left, hair in ampyx / Horse standing right, preparing to lie down. Lustrous XF with minor die-wear, the reverse slightly off-center.

j051503141001 $695
Thrace, Istros, AR drachm, 4th century BC. Thrace, Istros, AR drachm, 4th century BC. BM Black Sea 248. 4.21 grams. Facing male heads, the right inverted / Sea-eagle left, grasping dolphin with talons; pellet between eagle and dolphin, AP monogram below. Choice AXF with smooth fields, hint of toning, off-center strike but fully detailed. j011504063002 $395

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Roman Empire, AR denarius, Vespasian, 69-70 AD. Roman Empire, AR denarius, Vespasian, 69-70 AD. 3.26 grams. Small, thick flan with bold portrait of Vespasian, XF details, attractively toned all over. j071303807005 $295

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Ancient Judaea, copper Ancient Judaea, copper "widow's mites" (prutahs), Alexander Jannaeus (103-76 BC), choice specimens. Anchor on obverse and wheel-like star on reverse, very popular as one of the smallest-denomination coins used during the time of Christ and referred to in the Bible (Mark 12: 41-44), nice VF with dark toning. 6 available. j111303859006-11 $95 each

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Anglo-Gallic Aquitaine (Poitou), deniers, Richard I Anglo-Gallic Aquitaine (Poitou), deniers, Richard I "lionheart" (as Count of Poitou, 1172-85), PICTAVENSIS on obverse, cross on reverse. Typically thin and round, with full legend around cross, lightly toned AVF. 1 left. j031103316002 $150
Romania (Wallachia), silver ducats, Mircea the Elder (1386-1418) (Dracula's grandfather), standing king with lance on obverse, eagle/helmet/tilted shield on reverse. Crusader Achaea, denier tournois, Charles I of Anjou (1278-85). 0.85 grams. With mint name CLARENTIA around throned ruler (stylized) on obverse and cross on reverse, typically thin and round, this specimen is a darkly toned VF+, a well-preserved example from crusader-occupied Greece. j101101021008 $135
Hall in Swabia (Germany), handhellers, ca. 1200s-1300s. Hall in Swabia (Germany), handhellers, ca. 1200s-1300s. Popular medieval coins (typically thin and small) with open-palm hand as the main design, these specimens VF on average, some toned, some lustrous. 3 available. j031203531008-10 $70 each

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Japan, silver ichi-bu gins (1 bu), mid-1800s, "Samurai coins." Popular rectangular "Samurai coins" (larger version) with Japanese characters (3 on one side and 5 on the other) inside borders of dots, nice XF, 20 available. Japan, 1 bu (ichi-bu gins, "samurai coins"), mid-1800s. Each about 8.7 grams, 25mm x 15mm, 81% fine. Popular rectangular coins (larger version) with Japanese characters (3 on one side and 5 on the other) inside borders of dots, nice XF, 3 available. TEMPORARILY SOLD OUT $65 each
Japan, silver is-shu gins (1 shu), Tokugawa Shogunate, struck 1837-69. Japan, 1 shu (is-shu gins, "samurai coins"), mid-1800s. Each about 1.8 grams, 15mm x 9.5mm, 88% fine. Popular rectangular coins (smaller version) with Japanese characters (3 on one side and 5 on the other) inside borders of dots, nicely toned XF, 1 left. j111216111035 $35

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