Ancient Greek coins for sale 
   (including "Oriental Greek": PersisParthian, Sasanian, etc.)
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TERMS:  Prices are in brackets: [$xx].
I accept PayPal and Zelle (which I prefer in the US--here is why) and checks and cash. Postage in the US is $2 for orders up to $25, $3 for orders up to $50, $4 for orders up to $100, and an additional $2 for each hundred thereafter. Usually an additional $3 to other countries.  From other countries I prefer TransferWise. Here is why:  http://augustuscoins.com/TW.html . More-detailed terms of sale are here. 
After we have agreed by e-mail that you have gotten the coin, you can pay by logging into your account and sending PayPal or Zelle payment to my e-mail address.
To order, or to ask any questions, e-mail me, Warren, at:  e-mail

What's new?  July 23:  Two early archaic staters of Aspendos. A Jewish Alexander Jannaeus and a Thessalian League AE (at the top).
July 14: Four Greek AE from Panticipaion at the top..
June 9: Rare Cilician obol.
June 7:  Extremely rare Lycian dynast obol and four Jewish AE. 
May 21:  Many prices reduced. Take another look!
April 23: This page reorganized (by metal) and some prices lowered. Also, AE from Carteia, Spain, in the 1st C. B.C. (at the top). 
2020, March 31:  Two widow's mites, at the top.
March 21: Tarentum - Taras, stater "boy on a dolphin".
Nov. 3:  Staters of Aspendos--the first type from the city. A group of formerly-rare staters from the recent hoard. A chunky rare, old, stater for a low price.



Go down to: Newest first. Then high quality, then silver, silver fractionsAE,  Jewish,  Oriental Greek

Especially remarkable:  
One of the very first portrait coins (with a published pedigree); PHOENICIA, Sidon `Abd`aštart (Straton) II dishekel;  King Mithrades III of Commagene; facing bust AE of Troas



Newest:


Jewish. Alexander Jannaeus. 103-76 BC.
Crossed cornucopiae.
Hebrew legend.
12-13 mm.  Small.
[$19 SOLD]


(More Biblical coins are below)



Thessalian League (Confederacy)
late second - early first century BC
19 mm. 
Head of Apollo rt.
Athena standing right with spear and shield
The coin is darker and more even brown bronze colored than the photo.
[$15]
 

Panticipaion, Panticapaeum, 4th C. BC.  Fabulous Art!
A city on the north Black Sea coast where the Sea of Azov meets the Black Sea.

Panticipaion, Panticapaeum, 4th C. BC.  Fabulous Art!
21 mm. 7.04 grams.
Anokhin 111
MacDonald 69 "c. 310-304 BC.
Lovely green patina
(Many of these coins are stripped to bare metal, but not this one)
Pan right/griffin left, strugeon below, ΠAN around
Wonderful portrait of Pan right -- the artwork is special.
[$145 SOLD]



Panticipaion, Panticapaeum, 4th C. BC. 
16 mm. 2.93 grams. A small coin.
314-310 BC (according to Anokhin)
Pan head right
Griffin forepart right

ΠAN around
MacDonald 71 (his photo is accidentally reduced to 14 mm) "c. 310-304"
Anokhin 112. 
Compare to CNG mbs 66 lot 287 at $200 + fees.  The one offered here is better.
Scarce. Very attractive. [$185 SOLD]


Spectacular!  
First note this coin is 27 mm or slightly more, and this type often comes only 24-25 mm. 12.17 grams. Large.
MacDonald 59. Anokhin 110 (only 26 mm.)
Lovely light green patina, not tooled or smoothed, as so many of these are, but with some flaking,
Virtually no wear. Nice centering. Full and clear legend. Search auction-results sites and you can see these in the 600-800-euro (+ fees) range. 
Look at the portrait of Pan!  Artwork worthy of Syracuse or a gold coin. [$395] Wonderful!
 
 
 
14-12 mm. 1.40 grams.
A scarce type from Pantikapaion.
Both Anokhin and MacDonald omitted it!
bow above arrow right, above
ΠAN
Kasmanova plate 52.4 (same shape of flan)
McClean 4460 (very much worse)

An excellent example of a small coin. [$59]
 

Cilicia, obol.
9 mm. 0.50 grams.
Mint city uncertain, possibly Mallos or Tarsos according to Levante
facing female head, slightly left
Bes facing (a remarkably ugly god)
Wikipedia says, "Ancient Egyptian deity worshipped as a protector of households and, in particular, of mothers, children and childbirth. Bes later came to be regarded as the defender of everything good and the enemy of all that is bad."  
SNG Levante 233. SNG France 2 (Cilicie) 486.
[$79]


Uncertain Lycian Dynast
10 mm. 0.56 grams.
ex Hisrch 205, 22-25 Sept. 1999, lot 408
PR 102 DM. "RRRR" "480-440 BC"
Very weak lion's scalp facing(?)
head in crested Corinthian helmet right
[$75 and for $6 in the US only (total $81) I'll include the auction-sale catalog which illustrates this coin and has over 1000 ancient coins and some antiquities]


 
 

Carteia, Spain
1st C. B.C.
Looks like spikey hair, but is probably a turretted crown.
18 mm. 4.71 grams.
Cupid riding right on a dolphin. DD below.
RPC I 116. 
Cute head [$19]





Ionia, Chios.
31 mm. Halved in antiquity.
Sphinx right
Time of Trajan or Hadrian (98-138). Ae Triassarion. Obv: ΤΡΙΑ ΑССΑΡΙΑ [Much off this half flan]. Sphinx seated right, resting forepaw upon prow to right. Rev:  Asklepios on right [off the flan], leaning upon serpent-entwined staff, and Dionysios, pouring cantharus and holding thyrsus, standing facing; altar between them; star in exergue. cf RPC III 1907. The halved coin has far more lettering, so the RPC number is not right. It is much like Hunter 221.6284 which has bad style.
PRs for the full type are up to $2300 and often c. $400.
Being halved is interesting, but cuts the value a lot, so the price reflects that. [$95, reduced to $65]
 

 


High Quality:    
 

PHOENICIA, Sidon. `Abd`aštart (Straton) II. 
Circa 342-333 BC.
25 mm and thick (5 mm!). 12:00 die axis. 25.21 grams.
ex Empire Coins, with ticket, list 68 (September 1993) lot 11. 

Sear Greek 5937.  [$725, reduced to $675 + $12 shipping in the US]

 

 

Cilicia, Trasos. Satrap Tiribazos
386-380 BC  [Sear]
Satrap seated right with headdress
His head right in satrapal headdress
TRZ in Aramaic for Tarsos 
SNG Burton Berry 1281 this coin
noted there as unique and previously unpublished

SNG Levante --. SNG France 2 Cilicia --
Everywhere else --  
Finally, one has been published in an article in Pangerl's new book 400 years of Hellenist Greek Portraits, page 219-220, coin 19, in "From symbol to likeness: The development of coin portraits in the Graeco-Persian world."
ex Berk with his old ticket at $525. 
An extremely early portrait coin. Of great rarity and great SNG pedigree. [$645]
If you like the idea of owning one of the very first portrait coins, consider this one. Pedigree to Berry before 1961-2 when it was published.



A rarity. Very few coins of this king are ever offered:

King Mithrades III of Commagene
20 BC - 12 AD (contemporary of Augustus)
18 mm. 6.94 grams.
crab (probably astrological)
BAME
M•TOY
•M•
(BAsileus)ME(glon)
M(ithradates)TOY
M(ithradates)
Alram 249 page 84.
(Sullivan, on Commagne, gives this to Mithradates II, not III)
BMC -- but has discussion under Galatia of the Kingdom and its concern about astrology
MunzZentrum 73 (1992 April 22) had one, lot 1044 "sehr selten".  F. Imhof-Blumer ZfN 1874, page 332.  If you want one of each Greek king, here is one of the most obscure Kings and you won't find a portrait piece! (or, any piece at all except this one) [$245] If you collect one of each Greek king, bookmark this page, look around for a while, and come back when you have convinced yourself you don't find another one. 

 


Taras = Tarentum, Italy
c. 334-302 BC.
Youth on horseback right, spearing downwards
Taras on dolphin left, holding kantharos and trident.
Second dolphin below. TAPAΣ downwards to right.
Sear Greek 349
Vlasto 623
SNG Copenhagen 853 "Period V, 334-302"
Lovely toning, slightly more toned than the photograph suggests. Attractive. [$265]
 


 


Greek Silver (Larger than hemidrachms. Tiny fractions are further below):

 
 

Lucania, Metapontion (Metapontum) c. 340-330 BC.
Silver. 23-20 mm. 7.34 grams.
Head of founder Leukippos right, helmeted
(Some of this type actually have his name down behind the helmet, but this one does not.)
ear of grain upright. META up the left. 
HN Italy 1555, plate 28.
Sear Greek I --, it would be after 415, page 47.
You can pay 1750 euros for a better one on vcoins. [$195, reduced to $175]

 

 
 

Thracian Islands, Thasos, c. 550-463 BC.
Stater. 22-20 mm. 8.21 grams.
Naked satyr with erection carrying struggling nymph who raises her right hand in protest
quadripartite incuse square

Sear Greek 1746. SNG Copenhagen 1008 "C. 550-463 BC"

Nice centering, surfaces, and erection [$369, reduced to $275] 

 

 

 


Troas, Abydos
early 4th C. - 335 BC  
[i.e. before Alexander the Great]
14 mm. tetraobol. 2.42 grams.
Head of Apollo left in laurel wreath
eagle standing right,

APIΣTORKΩN up back  ABY upwards in front
BMC Troas Abydus 25. Sear Greek 4012 v. [$95, reduced to $79]

 

 
 

Lycia, Phaselis. mid 5th C. BC.
13 mm. 3.40 grams.
Prow of galley right, resembling the forepart of a boar.
slender stern of a galley ΦAΣ above (for Phaselis)
all within incuse square
Sear Greek 5330. SNG von Aulock 4995. "5th C."
BMC -- but type resembles #3, plate 16.7 "before c. 466 BC"
Ships!  [$159, reduced to $99

 

 

[$85, reduced to $69]  Ionia, Miletos. Tetraobol. 14 mm. 2.365 grams.
Apollo head right, laureate
Lion standing right, looking back
Sear Greek Coins 4513 "75 pounds" (in 1979)
(Compare to the $695 one on vcoins.)

 


Rhodes, Caria. c.310-189 BC or later.
14.5 mm. 2.61 grams.  Drachm.
nearly facing head of Helios
Rose, bowcase with bow, bud to right
ΓOPΓOΣ
P  OSear Greek 5052
SNG Copenhagen V Caria 783 (w. bowcase)
BMC Caria, Rhodes 166.
Rhodes is mentioned in Acts 21:1.
[$155, reduced to $125]
 

Cilicia, city of Tarsos. 
24-22 mm. 9.86 grams.
Usually attributed to satrap Datames (378-362 BC). Other pronunciations of the letters that name him have been suggested, including "Tadnmu", but it is the same satrap either way.
Ba'al of Tarsos seated holding eagle-tipped scepter over shoulder and grain ear and bunch of grapes in left. "Ba'al Tarz" in those letters down the left.
The sky god Ana naked standing right with his hand toward Datames standing left with his right hand raised in a gesture of veneration, legend between (the name, perhaps pronounced "Tadnmu"). Not overcleaned as many are.
Sear Greek 5646v. Levante 84. [$295, reduced to $245]

 

Cilicia, Nagidos, c. 420-380 BC
Silver stater. 20-18 mm. 10.54 grams. Thick.
Rare early variety with Eros flying crowning seated Aphrodite 
Dionysos standing left holding bunches of grapes and long staff (thyrsos)
SNG France 2 #2 plate 1. SNG Levante playe 1.1 variety.
Sear Greek 5578 variety.

Ex Hay Enterprises Dec. 1998. 
Rare [$249, reduced to $225]

 

 

Cilicia, Tarsos. c. 410 BC.
18-17 mm. 10.36 grams. Stater. Test cut.
Lion right attacking bull left
Persian soldier standing right holding vertical spear, to right, large ear of grain
To left TRZ in Aramaic

NC 1962 "Celenderis Hoard" by Kraay, Tarsus 4 plate II.13.
Sear Greek --
SNG France 2, 199 for reverse "c. 425-400"
SNG BB, Levante --, Levane supplement --, Traite --, BMC --
Very rare.  [$325, reduced to $275 SOLD]

 

 


[$75, reduced to $45. Very rare.] Cilicia, Tarsos, stater. 20-19 mm. 9.16 grams.
c. 425-400 BC. SNG Levante 54v. Numismatic Chronicle "The Celenderis Hoard" by Kraay. Tarsos #1
A very early type in very worn condition.
Bull standing left with lion right attacking his hind quarters
ear of grain upright in diamond "TRZ" to right (illegible).
von Aulock 5907.  As far as I know, none of these are nice, although some are nicer than this one.  (That's a low price for a very rare type of stater.)



Aspendos, 465-430 BC. Here are a few formerly-rare staters of the first issue from Aspendos in Pamphylia (in Turkey). These are from a recent hoard. The coins are all remarkably thick. Silver staters c. 19 mm and c. 10.8 grams.  Did you think you could get a thick stater from c. 465-430 B.C. for under $100?  Archaic! Old! 

c. 465-430 B.C.  The very first issue of Aspendos (Aspendus, Pamphylia, Turkey)
Silver stater.  18 mm. 10.95 grams.
Very thick (5 mm) archaic flan.
Hoplite warrior with spear and shield right
Triskeles of three human legs running right. 

SNG France 3, #1 (the very first type of Aspendos) c. 465-430 BC.
Sear Greek 5381. A hefty chuck of archaic silver. I find it amazing that you can buy an archaic silver stater from well before 400 BC for only [$95, reduced to $85].  

Compare to this auction example:  https://www.romanumismatics.com/189-lot-317-pamphylia-aspendos-ar-stater?auction_id=46&view=lot_detail
or this one:  https://www.romanumismatics.com/189-lot-318-pamphylia-aspendos-ar-stater?auction_id=46&view=lot_detail

I have a web page on this type:  http://augustuscoins.com/ed/interesting/triskeles.html


c. 465-430 B.C.  The very first issue of Aspendos (Aspendus, Pamphylia, Turkey)
Silver stater.  19-18 mm. 10.69 grams.
Thick  archaic flan.
Hoplite warrior with spear and shield right
Triskeles of three human legs running left

[$145, reduced to $115]  

 

 

Aspendos, Pamphylia
c. 460-420 B.C.  The second issue of Aspendos (Aspendus)
Silver stater.  23-18 mm. 10.90 grams.
Thick archaic flan

Hoplite warrior with spear and shield right
triskeles of three human legs running right. Lion to left within.
EΣT abbreviating "Espendos" in Pamphylian above. 

 

Test cut.
SNG France 3, #13  c. 460-420 BC.
Sear Greek 5383v (lion left)
A thick archaic stater for [$65, reduced to $45]



Aspendos, Pamphylia
c. 465-430 B.C.  The first issue of Aspendos.
Silver stater.  20-19 mm. 10.86 grams.
Thick archaic flan with test cut.

Hoplite warrior, helmeted, with spear and shield right
triskeles of three human legs running right.

 

Test cut.
SNG France 3, #1 (the very first type of Aspendos) c. 465-430 BC. 
Sear Greek 5381.
A thick archaic stater for [$135]



Aspendos, Pamphylia
c. 465-430 B.C.  The first issue of Aspendos.
Silver stater.  19 mm. 10.99 grams.
Thick archaic flan.

Hoplite warrior, helmeted, with spear and shield right
triskeles of three human legs running right.

E abbreviating "Espendos" in Pamphylian above. 

Test cut.
SNG France 3, #1 (the very first type of Aspendos) c. 465-430 BC. 
Sear Greek 5381.
A thick archaic stater [$95]

 
 


Greek Silver Fractions. 


[$95, reduced to $79]
Selinous, Sicily
Litra. 11-10 mm. 0.74 grams.
Nymph on rock, touching serpent
man-faced bull right
Hoover Sicily 1229
ex Heritage Sept 2003 Long Beach auction with ticket. 

 

Satrap of Caria. Hidrieus, 351-344 BC.
12-10 mm. Small coin. 1.71 grams. Hemidrachm. 
Mint: Halikarnassos
Apollo head 3/4 facing right
Zeus Labraundos standing right holding labrys (double ax) and spear, to right, downwards letters spellng the satrap's name:  IΔPIEΩΣ (barely visible)

Sear Greek 4961  SNG von Aulock 2369 (This bust is better than von Aulock's). Very nice facing bust. [$135, reduced to $95]

 
 

Lesbos, c. 550-480 BC
Tiny 8 mm. 1.09 grams
Confronted boar's heads making together, a facing panther's head
Small irregular incuse square
Sear Greek 3488 ["tenth?" stater]
Hoover Islands 6 #1069 [$29, reduced to $25] ["1/12 stater"]

 

Cilicia,
9-8 mm. 0.18 grams. Very small.
Horseman right with cape flying behind
Athena standing right, vertical scepter in left, left arm resting on shield.
SNG Levante 256 is this type but 0.36 grams. "Possibly 4th C. B.C."
Rare [$59, reduced to $29, reduced to $23]

 
 

Ionia, Miletos
late 6th - early 5th C. BC
9-8 mm. Small. 1.21 grams.
Lion's head right,  roaring.
Stellate pattern.
SNG Turkey I 464. Sear Greek 3552
[$25, reduced to $21]

 

 

 

Caria, uncertain city before 440 BC [Keckman]
confronted foreparts of two bulls
bull forepart left
7 mm. 0.28 grams.  Small!
SNG Finland Keckman Karia I 914.
SNG Turkey I 968 "Milesian standard tetartemorion"
Sera Greek -- (might fit after 4949)
Three bulls on one coin!  [$45, reduced to $19]
 
 

Ionia, uncertain city
7 mm. Silver. 0.36 grams. (Hemiobol)
Helmeted head of Athena right/star of four rays with dots in between
cf.https://www.vcoins.com/en/stores/ae...mint_circa_350bc_hemiobol/547339/Default.aspx

See also Gorny & Mosch 176 lot 1246.
[$12] 

 

[$55, reduced to $49]  SSPhoenicia, Sidon. C. 400-384 BC [BM] "c.425-410/7 BC" [Hoover]
City wall with three towers
King standing right pulling bow
Small. AR9-8.  0.72 grams. 1/16 shekel.
Nice rust toning. Well-centered.
BMC Phoenicia, Sidon 15.  Hoover 230v. 


 



Greek AE:

Carthage, 17-15 mm.
Tanit head left/horse standing right (head not turned back).
[$29, reduced to $23]
 

Carthage. Chunky AE17-16. 7.23 grams.
Tanit head left
Horse right
SNG Copenhagen Carthage 97. Sicily mint, late 4th - early 3rd c. BC
It has the distinctive flan of Sicily with projections on either side (1:00 and 7:00).
Rough surface just like the image. Not large, but thick and hefty in hand. [$25]

 

 

 

 


Thessalian League (Confederacy)
Late second - early first century B.C.
18 mm.
Head of Apollo rt.
Athena standing right with spear and shield

Hoover 225

Much darker color, evenly, than the photo [$24, reduced to $17]

 

 

Demetrius Poliorketes, 306-283 BC.
AE12-11. 1.61 grams.
His bust right in Corinthian helmet
prow of ship right, above BA
Sear Greek 6775v.
SNG Copenhagen Macedonia 1192 struck at Tarsus 298-295
  [$25, reduced to $19]

 

 

 


Arsinoe III, wife of Ptolemy IV, Paphos mint, Cyprus
222-205/4C.
Small. 12 mm. 2.05 grams.
bust right
double cornucopia 
Svronos 1160
Matt Kreutzer, "The Coinage System of Cleopatra VII and Augustus in Cyprus," argues it may be the famous Cleopatra, but I have not heard that this attribution has been accepted. 
[$25, reduced to $21]

 

 
 

Greek Messembria on the Black Sea coast
AE. 11 mm. Small. 
400-350 BC.
facing helmet
MEEA in the arms of a wheel

Sear Greek 1675, but smaller
[$23, reduced to $19]

 



Greek Cilicia, city of Aigeai
Turreted head of Tyche right
bridled horse's head left
AIΓΕΑΙΩΝ
20 mm. Thick. 7.94 grams.
[$25, reduced to $19 SOLD]

 


Cherson (city in Crimea, Russia, formerly in Ukraine. Later a Byzantine mint.)
Late 4th - first half of 3rd C. B.C. 
21 mm. 
Artemis kneeling left on prostrate stag which she spears
Bull butting left, club and quiver below.
Sear Greek 1668. Stancomb 474. Anokhin 77.
Rare city. [$49, reduced to $45]

 

 

 


Seleucid King
Alexander II, Zebinus
128-123 BC
His radiate head right
Crossed cornucopiae (usually they are parallel)
and therefore not in Sear or Hoover (Seleucid Kings)
20  mm. 7.05 grams.

SNG Spaer Seleucid 2310.
This one is nicer than his and better than the only example on MA-Shops which is $75 as I write. [Rare. $37]

 

 

 


Thrace, Odessos, Zeus (or The Great God)/Horseman OΔHSITWN
20 mm.
3rd C. BC Sear Greek 1679 [$35, reduced to $25 SOLD]

 

 
 

[$35, reduced to $29] Lovely patina.
Seleucid King Alexander II Zabinas BCE 128-122
Hoover 1178 (R2!)
SC 2243 
16 mm.  Small "bottlecap" 
Elephant head right/eagle standing left



 

 

 

 

[$59, reduced to $39] Lokri-Epizephyrii, Bruttium, Italy c. 300-268 BC
a colony of Corinth
17 mm. 
Athena helmeted left
winged thunderbolt
ΛOKPΩN
filleted thyrsus (Staff of Dionysos or his followers)
Sear Greek --, SNG Copenhagen I Italy 1174
none on vcoins as I write.

 

 


K

Kyme, Aeolis. c. 250 BC [according to BMC] AE15. 3.29 grams. BNC Aeolis, Cyme 57.  Kyme (Amazon) right/horse forepart right. [$25]

 

 

 

 

Jewish:  Coins of the Roman Procurators of Judaea. "Biblical" coins of the jews. 

 

Jewish (first four bought in Jerusalem in 1972): 
Alexander Janneaus, 103-76 BC
14 mm. 2.41 grams.
legend in wreath
crossed cornucopia
Hendin 4th 474
Bought by me in Jerusalem in 1972

[$19]



John Hyrcannus II 67 and 63-40 BC.
14 mm. 2.07 grams. 
legend in wreath
double cornucopia
Hendin 4th 479
Bought by me in Jerusalem in 1972

[$15]


Valerius Gratus, under Tiberius, 15-26 AD
15 mm.
IOV ΛIA (Julia, wife of Tiberius) palm branch
[TIB] KAI/CAP in wreath
Hendin 4th 645 [17 AD]
Bought by me in a private treaty in 1989
[$15]



Antonius Felix, under Claudius, 52-60 AD
17 mm. 2.74 grams.
NEPW KΛAV KAICAP  2 shields and 2 spears crossed
BRIT/L IΔ /KAI
six-branched palm tree
Hendin 4th 652
Bought by me in Jerusalem in 1972
The light-cover surface is natural  [$24]
 



Ancient Jewish. Hashmonean.
Alexander Janneaus, 104-76 B.C.
13-11 mm.
Widow's Mite.

Anchor/8-pointed star
[$24]



Ancient Jewish. Hashmonean.
Alexander Janneaus, 104-76 B.C.
13-11 mm.
Widow's Mite.

Anchor/8-pointed star
[$25]

 

 


Valerius Gratus, Prutah AD 15-26
Hendin 4th ed. 646
16 mm.
[$29, reduced to $24]

 

 

 

 



Oriental Greek

Persis

[sold]

 


Parthian

[sold]

 


Sasanian and related types:

Hephthelite Huns
25 mm. 2.65 grams.
c. late 5th - early 6th century
Mitchner ACW 1451-1452 have different contermarks
Markov said the countermarks are the "Chaganian tamgha" and a Baktrian word  "choko" or "chono".  See the Asian coin website under Peroz. 
Cites Gobl Hunnen 283 variety.
[$79, reduced to $59]

 

 


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