Ancient Greek coins for sale 
   (including "Oriental Greek": PersisParthian, Sasanian, etc.)
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What's new? 2021, April 22:  Obol of Alexander the Great, on the main page. 
2021, March 12: Pantikapion (sold)
2021, Feb. 15: Pantikapion Pan/lion, Bukhara, Kingdom of Sogdiana (at the top). 
Jan. 30: Sold coins removed.
2020, Dec. 21: Oriental Greek, including oddities, at the top. Thasos nude satyr. Another Aspendos stater. Sold coins removed entirely. 
Nov. 18: Five coins of Persis (at the top).
Nov. 14: Extremely rare variety of an Aspendos stater.
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..

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; Very rare King Mithrades III of Commagene; facing bust AE of Troas


Pantikapaion. c. 325-310 BC
North Black Sea area. (on the main page at the top. Type the same as the next coin.)

North Black Sea area
20 mm. 6.22 grams.
294-284 BC
Head of young Pan left, ivy wreath (grape ivy)
Lion's head left, ΠAN (abbreviating the city name) around.
Anokhin 125.
MacDonald 70 "c. 325-310 BC"
Wonderful artistry. Bold. Excellent surfaces. [$175 SOLD]

Bukhara, Kingdom of Sogdiana
c. 8th C.
Calif al Mahdi
Mitchner 1395 "AH 158-169" AD 770-785
Bokharin style bust right with Bokharan legend in Sogdian script
Bunar Hub k'ay
(Great Lord of Bukhara)
Stylized fire altar and attendents (imitating Sasanian types)

Five coins of Persis, a kingdom in southern Iran at the time of the Parthians.
See my site for more about it:
There is an excellent very well-illustrated book on its coins by van't Haaff which is free in pdf form at the CNG site:

Hephthalite Huns
Mitchner says 475-560/575 AD
23 mm. 2.55 grams. Clipped.
Coins and History of Asia, page 4 "trident crown type" Gobl Hunnen emission 257
Mitchner -- but cf. page 236 #1538, Brahmi legend, but different.
Remarkably good silver.

Sasanian style coin
Copper. 25 mm. 2.26 grams.
I don't have a ID for it.  I hope someone is an expert on Sasanian and related coins and actually knows what it is in detail.
Very rare. The coin is slightly darker, more toned, in color than the photo.
[$95, reduced to $85]


20 mm. 1.58 grams.
I bought it as an oddity in 2009 from David Liebert of the Time Machine.
I have been told by an expert it is Gobl Em. 263 (Gobl's example is holed and filled), a Khusro I imitation, heavily clipped. I hope you know more than I do about it!
Mitchner Islam --, Mitchner ACW --

[$29]  (less than I paid for it in 2009)



Sasanian King Ardashir I (224-241), AE 8 chalkoi.
AE 27 mm. 9.40 grams
Ardashir facing his son Shapur I
Fire altar
Göbl, VII/220 "unit". Mitchner ACW, 807-808; Sellwood 11. Very rare.
Two on vcoins as I write, each much less nice, at $295 and $345. A third in terrible shape with no facial details at all, at $125. Better than any acsearch example for details, especially the portraits, and with lots of corrosion which other examples also have. 
This one. Rare. [$185] The New York Sale "Sunrise" example in F without corrosion was estimated at $1000. 
Compare with





Sasanian King Shapur II, 309-379
(Julian II died during a battle against him)
22 mm. The smaller size. 3.69 grams. Drachm.
Bust right.

Fire altar and two attendants. 

Sellwood 28. Gobl 14.



Sasanian King Peroz = Firuz. 459-484
27 mm. 4.13 grams.
Third crown, 467-484
Mint WH = VH = Veh Ardashir = Seleucia
Sellwood 49, page 127. Gobl 51.
Boldly struck with fewer weak spots than most. Nicely centered. 
A very nice example.  [$59]



 Sasanian King Khavad I, 488-496 and 498-531
Second reign.
27 mm. 3.57 grams.
double border on reverse
Mint mint be Ray (Sellwood 52)
The date mint be "4" but see Sellwood page 38ff.
Gobl 189-190
Peus auction catalog 363 (Gobl collection) type of #5311
Types with a double border are unusual. [$85]

Sasanian King
Shapur I, 240-270
The king who captured Valerian I.
Drachm, full size at 26-25 mm and 4.18 grams.
(Do not confuse this type with the much smaller 21 mm hemidrachm.)
Sellwood 12. Gobl 23 plate 2 "241-272."
Bought from a man who bought it from Malter, with the Malter ticket, but ticket not dated.
A broad and thin coin of a historically important ruler.
[$245, reduced to $225] Look at all that lettering around! Well-centered. A very attractive coin. 

Hephthalite. 1/4 drachm. Some call it a half, but it is both lighter and baser than their drachms.
"c. 460-560/576" according to Mitchner ACW page 232
AE16. 1.82 grams. (Not super thin.)
Napki Malik type.
Bust right/a few dots and lines 
Rare. [$25]
Mitchner 1495 


Thasos. Thrace.
c. 400 BC.
11 mm. Obol. 0.82 grams.
Satyr kneeling left holding vase
Vase on reverse.
Naked with penis showing.


c. 465-430 B.C.  The very first issue of Aspendos (Aspendus, Pamphylia, Turkey)
Silver stater.  19-16 mm. 10.82 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 [$65 SOLD].



Persis, Darius I a.k.a Darayan I
First century BC
Drachm. 4.17 grams.
Bearded head right
Fire altar
Alram 551 as "unknown King I" but now attributed to
Darius I (Darayan I) by van't Haaff, 557.


Persis. Darius II (Darayan II)
First century BC
17 mm. 3.93 grams.
His bust left
Fire altar on left, king facing it on right, inscription in Aramaic in a square around. 
van't Haaff 564.1-2. Alram 564. Sear Greek 6206
Well-centered portrait. Big nose! [$149]

Persis. King Vahsir (son of Darius II)
Obol. 9 mm. 0.60 grams.
Bust of king left, monogram behind
Fire altar
van't Haaff 584, Alram 584. Sear Greek --


Persis. King Pakor
Obol. 11 mm. 0.62 grams.
His bust left
triskeles and legend

van't Haaff 598. Sear Greek Imperial -- but cf. 5943


Persis. "Prince Y"
Obol. 11-10 mm. 1.05 grams. 
His bust left
van't Haaff 619.1
Sear Greek Imperial 5956
None on vcoins or MA-Shops. 
Nicely centered and toned [$95]



c. 465-430 B.C.  A variety of the very first issue of Aspendos

(Aspendus, Pamphylia, Turkey)
Silver stater.  18 mm. 10.82 grams.
Very thick (6 mm) archaic flan.
Hoplite warrior with spear and shield right
Triskeles of three human legs running right. 

SNG France 3, #1v (the very first type of Aspendos) variety with a club before the triskeles. c. 465-430 BC. They don't have this variety. acsearch has many of the basic type (There was a hoard that catapulted this type from rare to common) but none with the club.  vcoins has numerous examples from the hoard, but none with the club.
Sear Greek 5381. A hefty chuck of archaic silver. I find it amazing that you can buy a rare (unique?) archaic silver stater from well before 400 BC for only [$155].  


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.

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

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 a gold coin. [$395] Wonderful!

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.

Uncertain Lycian Dynast
10 mm. 0.56 grams.
ex Hirsch auction 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, reduced to $65, and in the US only I'll include the Hirsch 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 SOLD + $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)
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. 



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 SOLD]



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.)


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]




[$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:
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. 10.69 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. 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 SOLD]

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 [$85]


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"]


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

See also Gorny & Mosch 176 lot 1246.


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
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]




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]




[$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
filleted thyrsus (Staff of Dionysos or his followers)
Sear Greek --, SNG Copenhagen I Italy 1174
none on vcoins as I write.




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. 


Oriental Greek


[See several near the top of this page]





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]


[See some near the top of this page]



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