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What's new?  2020, March 21: Tarentum - Taras, stater "boy on a dolphin" (at the top)
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 very low price.
Oct. 18: Staters of Aspendos--the first type from the city.
September 21, 2019: Three rare staters from Cilicia (Nagidos, Tarsos) and the earliest issues from Aspendos, Pamphylia. 
August 23. Most prices on this Greek page reduced. Take a second look.

Newest first. Then High Quality. Then Greek silver, Greek AE, Jewish, Oriental Greek


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 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


Greek Cilicia, city of Aigeai
Turreted head of Tyche right
bridled horse's head left
20 mm. Thick. 7.94 grams.
[$25, reduced to $23]


Here are a few formerly-rare staters of the first issue from Aspendos in Pamphylia (now in Turkey). A hoard appeared and I bought a group from it. 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?  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].  

Compare to this auction example:
or this one:

I have a web page on this type:

c. 465-430 B.C.  The very first issue of Aspendos (Aspendus, Pamphylia, Turkey)
Silver stater.  19-18 mm. 10.86 grams.
Very thick (5 mm) archaic flan.
Hoplite warrior with spear and shield right
Triskeles of three human legs running right

Coppery color at 12:00 on the edge only. Good details for type. You can even see the crested helmet on the warrior. [$165 SOLD]




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 $125]  



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 $55]


Aspendos, Pamphylia
c. 465-430 B.C.  The very first issue of Aspendos (Aspendus)
Silver stater.  20-17 mm. 10.73 grams. 
Thick archaic flan
Hoplite warrior with spear and shield 
triskeles of three human legs running left.
EΣ abbreviating "Espendos" in Pamphylian above. 

No test cut (most have them)
SNG France 3, #1 (the very first type of Aspendos) c. 465-430 BC. Sear Greek 5381
Nice triskeles [$55 SOLD]  A thick archaic coin. Hefty. 




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]



Cilicia, Tarsos. c. 410 BC.
18-17 mm. 10.36 grams. 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]



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 --

ex Berk with his old ticket at $525. 
An extremely early portrait coin. Of great rarity. [$525]
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.


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 [$27] ["1/12 stater"]



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]




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 $295] 



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

[$24, reduced to $21]



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]



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 $99]



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 resebbles #3, plate 16.7 "before c. 466 BC"
Ships!  [$159, reduced to $99



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 $19]




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 $23]




Carthage, 17-15 mm.
Tanit head left/horse standing right (head not turned back).
[$29, reduced to $21]




Sicily, Kentoipai (Centuripas)
"After c. 241 BC" according to Head in HN.
16 mm. 3.68 grams
Demeter rt, ear of grain behind
Plow right   [KENTO] illegible
An ancient plow! How many ancient coins show a tool?  [$37, reduced to $31 SOLD]
Ex Lepczyk auction 41, lot 29 (Oct. 1981) with ticket.




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]



Mysia, Lampsakos
AE. 12-11 mm
c. 362 BC
Portrait of Satrap Orontas head right
forepart of Pegasus right
One of the earliest portrait coins, well before Alexander the Great.
SNG France --, Sear Greek 3900 (no photo), SNG Copenhagen IV Mysia 199 "c. 362 BC"
L&K --, L III --, von Aulock I 1821 (the one on offer is as good)
Very likely would be the earliest portrait coin in your collection [$75, reduced to $59]



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
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]



Troas. Gergis. 4th C. -241 BC [SNG Copenhagen 338]
Small. 12 mm.
Laureate head of Sibyl Herophile 3/4 facing right
winged Sphinx right, ΓEP downwards before
Sear Greek 4099 variety (AE 12, not 17)

Gorgeous for such a small bronze coin. Nicely centered. High quality. [$95]
Compare on vcoins. The only one comparable is 235€. 

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
P  O

Sear Greek 5052
SNG Copenhagen V Caria 783 (w. bowcase)
BMC Caria, Rhodes 166.
Rhodes is mentioned in Acts 21:1.
[$155, reduced to $125]

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)
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]


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]




Poseidonia, Lucania, Italy
Stater. 18-17 mm. Thick!  7.90 grams.
Ex. Berk list 46 lot 235 (Dec. 10, 1986) buy at $275 (in 1986!)
Poseidon (of course!) striding right with trident
Bull standing left, ΠΟΣΕ... retrograde above
HN Italy cf. 1114
SNG Cop I Italy 1278ff
SNG Fitzwilliam I 543
Sear Greek 424  [$295, reduced to $265 + $7 shipping in the US]



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]



[$95, reduced to $85]
Selinous, Sicily
Litra. 11-10 mm. 0.74 grams.
Nymph on rock, touching serpent
man-faced bull right
Hoover Sicily 1229
ex Heritage Sept 3002 Long Beach auction. 




Greek Silver:

[$85, reduced to $73]  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.)



Ionia, uncertain city
7 mm. Silver. 0.36 grams. (Hemiobol)
Helmeted head of Athena right/star of four rays with dots in between

See also Gorny & Mosch 176 lot 1246.
[$13, reduced to $11] 



[$65, reduced to $55. 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.)



[$55, reduced to $45]  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 (followed by Parthian, etc.)


Cherson (city in Crimea, formerly in Ukraine)
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. [$38, reduced to $33]




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. reduced to $23]





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.  "bottlecap" 
Elephant head right/eagle standing left





[$59, reduced to $47] Lokri-Epizephyrii, Bruttium, c. 300-268 BC
a colony of Corinth
17 mm. 
Athena helmeted left
filleted thyrsus (Staff of Dionysos or his followers)
Sear Greek --, SNG Copenhagen I Italy 1174
none on vcoins as I write.




[$25]  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. 

Procius Festus, Roman Procurator of Judaea under Nero, AD 59-62
Palm branch, KAIC-AP 0
"Nero" in Greek
Hendin 4th edition 653
All there. [$19, reduced to $17]




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





King Herod, 40 BC - AD 4.  (Yes, the famous Herod)
Anchor/crossed cornucopiae
Small. 13 mm. [$25, reduced to $19, reduced to $15]



Antonius Felix, "That fox," procurator under Nero
crossed palm branches/legend in wreath
Hendin 4th ed. 651
[$19, reduced to $15]




Oriental Greek








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 Asia coin website under Peroz. 
Cites Gobl Hunnen 283 variety.
[$79, reduced to $69]



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