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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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Attica, Athens, AR tetradrachm Attica, Athens, AR tetradrachm "owl," 454-404 BC. Rainbow-toned AU with full and well-centered details, the owl and Athena especially nice. j111516111006 $1,195

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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
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

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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, Amphipolis mint, Price-468. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Zeus seated left, holding eagle in right hand, scepter in left, lambda and torch in left field, cantharus below throne. AVF with minor marks on reverse. Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, Amphipolis mint, Price-468. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Zeus seated left, holding eagle in right hand, scepter in left, lambda and torch in left field, cantharus below throne. AVF with minor marks on reverse. j031504102003 $375
Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, Kingdom of Macedon, AR tetradrachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, Well-detailed and well-centered AVF with nice toning. j111516111003 $395
Kingdom of Macedon, AR drachm, Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, Abydos mint, ca. 310-301 BC. Cf. Price 1541A. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Zeus seated left, holding eagle in right hand, scepter in left, monogram above prow. Choice XF+, deeply toned, very attractive. Kingdom of Macedon, AR drachm (smaller), Alexander III (the Great), ca. 336-323 BC, Abydos mint, ca. 310-301 BC. Cf. Price 1541A. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin headdress / Zeus seated left, holding eagle in right hand, scepter in left, monogram above prow. Choice XF+, deeply toned, very attractive. j011504076004 $395

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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
Mysia, Parion, AR hemidrachm, 4th century BC. Mysia, Parion, AR hemidrachm, 4th century BC. SNG France 1378-9. Bull (off-center) / gorgoneion. Lustrous AXF. j031503141002 $240

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Sicily, Akragas, AR didrachm, 480-470 BC. Sicily, Akragas, AR didrachm, 480-470 BC. Crab and eagle. j081604298005 $795
Silkyon, Sikyonia, AR hemidrachm, ca. 100-60 BC. Silkyon, Sikyonia, AR hemidrachm, ca. 100-60 BC. BCD Pelop. 344.1. Dove right / Large sigma (for Sikyon) and lettering "OLYMPIADAS." Lustrous XF with all details visible. j011504078011 $225
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 $hold?

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Roman Republic, AR denarius, 211-155 BC, ROMA and biga. Roman Republic, AR denarius, 211-155 BC, ROMA and biga. j081604295001 $195
Roman Republic, AR denarius, 211-155 BC, ROMA and quadriga. Roman Republic, AR denarius, 211-155 BC, ROMA and quadriga. j081604295002 $195

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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
Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, Postumus, 259-268 AD. Roman Empire, AR antoninianus, Postumus, 259-268 AD. j101214031009 $95

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Other

genoa Genoa, Italy, silver denaros, "crusader coins," Conrad III (1093-1152 AD), Popular medieval coins (typically thin and small) with cross on one side and castle on the other, legend reading CONRAD REX, VF-XF with no problems, great for jewelry. 7 available. j031516111004-10 $95 each
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
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. 1 left. j031203531009 $70 each
Ancient Judaea, copper Romania (Wallachia), silver ducat, Mircea the Old (1386-1418), dracula's grandfather. A tiny, thin coin with standing king with lance on obverse, eagle/helmet/tilted shield on reverse, toned VF+ with slightly off-center strike and bold but uneven details. j111501021001 SOLD

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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. 17 available. j071507191024-40 $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. 21 available. j111216111035 j071507191003-20 $35 each

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