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Roma Numismatics Ltd > Auction XXII Auction date: 7 October 2021
Lot number: 139
Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction 
Lot description:
Apulia, Venusia Æ Uncia. Circa 210-200 BC. Half length bust of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress and holding club over shoulder; pellet before / Lion seated to left, breaking spear held in its jaw; VE monogram to left. SNG ANS 757; BMC Italy p. 151, 14; SNG Copenhagen -; SNG Munich 549; SNG Morcom 234; Laffaille, Choix de Monnaies Grecques en Bronze, pl. 5 = Weber 482; HN Italy 716. 5.92g, 19mm, 6h.
Good Very Fine; some smoothing and tooling. Very Rare, and in outstanding condition for the type.
Ex Martinez Collection;
Ex Roma Numismatics Ltd., Auction XVI, 26 September 2018, lot 110 (hammered for £2800).
Estimate: 1500 GBP



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Roma Numismatics Ltd > Auction XXII Auction date: 7 October 2021
Lot number: 370

Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction 
Lot description:
Pamphylia, Side AR Stater. Circa 400-380 BC. Athena standing to left, holding owl upon her outstretched right hand and resting shield against her left; pomegranate before, grounded spear behind / Apollo standing to left, nude but for chlamys over shoulders, holding laurel branch over altar in right hand and bow in left; raven and ethnic in Sidetic behind; all within incuse square. Atlan, Group V, 72. SNG BnF 637-8 var. (ethnic). 10.70g, 26mm, 11h.
Near Extremely Fine. Very Rare.
From the inventory of a UK dealer.
Estimate: 1000 GBP



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Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung > Auction 280 Auction date: 11 October 2021
Lot number: 80
Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction 
Lot description:
AE Pentonkion ø 27mm (13,32g). ca. 270 - 220 v. Chr. Vs.: Kopf des Apoll mit Lorbeerkranz n. l., r. im Feld Lyra. Rs.: ΜΑΜΕΡΤΙΝΩΝ, stehender, nackter Mars mit Speer, Schild und Schwert. r. im Feld Π. CNS I S.103f. Em. 26; HGC 850.
Schöne dunkelgrüne Patina, ss
Ex Gorny & Mosch, München Auktion 212, 2013, Los 1141.
Estimate: 150 EUR



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Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung > Online Auction 282 Auction date: 14 October 2021
Lot number: 3442
Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction
Lot description:
Elagabal, 218 - 222 n. Chr. AE Großbronze ø 28mm (14,71g). Vs.: ΑΥΤ Κ Μ ΑΥΡΗ - ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟΣ, Kopf mit Lorbeerkranz n. r. Rs.: ΟΥΛΠΙΑΣ - ΠΑΥΤΑΛΙΑΣ, Ares in Rüstung und mit Helm n. l. gewandt stehend, mit der R. am Boden stehenden Rundschild haltend, mit der L. sich auf umgedrehten Speer stützend. Ruzicka, Pautalia ­ ; Varbanov II ­ . R! Braune Patina, gutes Porträt, fast vz
Aus süddeutschem Privatbesitz, Sammlung E.L.
Estimate: 50 EUR



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Numismatica Ars Classica > Auction 124 Auction date: 23 June 2021
Lot number: 255
Price realized: 60,000 CHF   (Approx. 65,182 USD / 54,779 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.

Lot description:
Cyrenaica, Cyrene.
Didrachm circa 250, Koinon issue, AR 7.82 g. Diademed head of Zeus Ammon r. Rev. Silphium plant, ibex horn to upper l.; KOI-NON across fields. BMC p. 68, 1, pl. xxvii 13-15. SNG Copenhagen 1275.
Very rare and in exceptional condition for the issue. A portrait of enchanting beauty, work
of a very talented master engraver. Perfectly struck on fresh metal and with a
wonderful light iridescent tone. Good extremely fine

Ex Tkalec 23 October 1992, 192; Millon & Associés, 8 June 2007, 54 and Manhattan II, 2011, 78 sales. From the Peter Guber collection.
The Cyrenaica was famous in the Greek and Roman world for its possession of the oracular shrine of Zeus Ammon and its cultivation of the silphium plant. The former was a temple located at the desert oasis of Siwah that was originally dedicated a native Libyan deity who became syncretized with both the Egyptian fertility god Amun and Greek Zeus. The oracle was already well known in the Greek world in the fifth century BC, when it was mentioned by Herodotos, but became supremely famous after it was visited by Alexander the Great and confirmed his divinity. Zeus Ammon is easily distinguished from other forms of Zeus by his ram's horns-a feature borrowed from the iconography of Egyptian Amun. Here is depicted in a vibrant Hellenistic style reflecting the influence of neighbouring Ptolemaic Egypt. Silphium is thought to have been an extinct variety of giant fennel and was used in antiquity for seasoning and medicine. It grew only on a narrow coastal strip of the Cyrenaica and was used as a cure for a variety of ailments including cough, sore throat, fever, indigestion, general aches and pains, and even insanity. However, it has been suggested that the plant may have been most desired for its use as a contraceptive. Overharvesting and excessive demand led to the extinction of the plant in the first century AD-the last stalk of silphium is said to have been sent to Nero (AD 54-68). This coin is also notable for the fact that it was not struck in the name of Cyrene, but rather in that of the koinon or league established in the Cyrenaica by the philosophers Demophon and Ekdemos in c. 250 BC. These two intellectuals from Megalopolis had the opportunity to experiment with the constitutional organization of the Cyrenaica in this year thanks to the death of Magas, who had ruled Cyrene as king since 276 BC, and the bloody end to the short marriage of Magas' daughter Berenike to Demetrios the Fair. Th koinon of Demophon and Ekdemos survived for some four years, until 246 BC, when Ptolemy III Euergetes asserted his long-claimed right to marry Berenike and annex the Cyrenaica to Egypt.

Estimate: 25000 CHF






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Roma Numismatics Limited, Auction 20, lot 229, 29/10/2020

Mysia, Pergamon AV Stater. Mid-late 330s BC. Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin headdress / Archaistic Palladion: statue of Pallas Athena standing facing, holding spear aloft in right hand, preparing to strike, on left arm, a shield adorned with a four-point star and fillet hanging below; to lower left, a crested Corinthian helmet right; all within concave circular incuse. Callataÿ, Statères 2o (D2/R3 - this coin); Von Fritze, Pergamon 7 = Saida 36 var. (rev. not incuse); SNG France 1557 = De Luynes 2493 = Saida 37; Gulbenkian 699 var. (same) = Jameson 2580 var. (same); PCG pl. 28, 25 var. (same). 17mm, 8.62g, 1h.
Fleur De Coin; beautiful, lustrous metal displaying full mint bloom. Very Rare; among the finest known examples.
This coin published in F. de Callataÿ, Les statères de Pergame et les réquisitions d'Alexandre le Grand: l'apport d'un nouveau trésor (RN 169, 2012);
From the Long Valley River Collection;
Ex SF Collection (USA), Nomos AG, Auction 3, 10 May 2011, lot 112 (hammer: CHF 130,000);
Privately purchased from Harlan J. Berk Ltd. in 2007.


Il rito delle fanciulle in Daunia descritto da Licofrone deve essere considerato in relazione a Cassandra quale modello mitico del “gamos mancato”. Nella struttura narrativa di Licofrone, che potremmo definire circolare, il rito delle fanciulle in Daunia e il rito delle fanciulle locresi, destinati a tramandare la memoria di Cassandra, richiamano in modo preciso i due motivi che Cassandra stessa pone all’origine delle sue sventure, il rifiuto delle nozze con Apollo e la violenza subita da parte di Aiace. In entrambi i casi le fanciulle abbracciano una statua, quella di Atena nel caso delle fanciulle locresi a memoria della vicenda di Aiace, quella di Cassandra nel caso delle fanciulle daunie a memoria dei pericoli del “gamos mancato”. In una duplice ma complementare prospettiva, i riti mettono in scena ciò che deve essere evitato per fare in modo che la transizione di status delle giovani donne avvenga nel giusto modo.



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LHS Numismatik AG, asta n.96 dell’8/05/2006, lotto n.1067

Dracma d’argento (5,65 g) coniata ad Argo nel 370-350 a.C. D.: testa di Hera a destra con corona decorata con palmette. R.: Diomede, con una clamide poggiata sulle spalle e  spada in pugno, sottrae il Palladio di Troia; legenda: ARGEIWN, “(moneta) degli argivi”. 

Al rovescio di questa moneta è raffigurata l'impresa del re di Argo Diomede che insieme ad Ulisse si travestì da mendicante ed entrò a Troia dove riuscì a rubare il Palladio, il simulacro di Pallade Atena che rendeva imprendibile la città.

ILLUSTRAZIONE: Ciò che rimane del gruppo scultoreo del Ratto del Palladio conservato al museo di Sperlonga. NELLA PRIMA FOTO: A sinistra la testa di Diomede e parte del braccio che regge il Palladio, sulla destra la statua di Ulisse, acefala. SECONDA FOTO: particolare di Diomede e del Palladio.




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Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung > Auction 280 Auction date: 11 October 2021
Lot number: 71
Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction
Lot description:
Didrachme ø 20mm (8,51g). 490/85 - 480/75 v. Chr. Vs.: Nackter, bärtiger Reiter einen Speer schleudernd. Rs.: Protome eines menschenköpfigen Stieres nach rechts, rechts im Feld ΓΕ/Λ/Α. Jenkins 8.19 (dieses Exemplar!) (O5/R4); Franke-Hirmer Taf.55.155 (dieses Exemplar!); HGC 362.
Franke-Hirmer plate coin! Herrlich getöntes, perfekt zentriertes und vorzügliches Prachtexemplar!
Ex Münchner Sammlung AO; erworben im November 1956 bei Robert Hecht.
Estimate: 10000 EUR



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Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung > Auction 280 Auction date: 11 October 2021
Lot number: 338
Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction -

Lot description:
AE ø 23mm (7,11g). 2. - 1. Jh. v. Chr. Vs.: Kopf der Athena mit attischem Helm n. r., dahinter ΣΑ, davor Palmzweig. Rs.: ΣΕΛΕΥΚΕΩΝ ΤΩΝ ΠΡΟΣ ΤΩΙ ΚΑΛΥΚΑΔΝΩΙ, Nike mit Kranz n. l., l. im Feld ΝΚΙ / ΚΑΛ. SNG BN 904; SNG Levante ­ .
R! Dunkelgrüne Patina, vz
Aus der Paulo Leitão Collection.
Estimate: 350 EUR




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MDC Monnaies de Collection sarl > Auction 8 Auction date: 20 October 2021
Lot number: 135

Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction

Lot description:
Maximian Herculius (AD 286-305). 2 ½ Aurei medallion, undated (294-305), Rome.
Obv. IMP C MA VAL MAXIMIANVS P AVG. Bust wearing the Nemean lion-skin facing right.
Rv. HERCVLI CONS - ERVATORI AVGG. Hercules seated on a rock, Nemean lion-skin on his lap, holding a club to his right with his left hand, bow and quiver to his left.
Gnecchi - (cf.12.2 reverse inscription and 13.5-6 similar bust) - C.- (cf.252 reverse inscription) - RIC.- (cf. RIC.VI 1 (Trier) reverse inscription) - Grueber.- - Tocci.- - Froehner - - Beaurains - ; Gold - 14,06 g - 26 mm - 11 h.
Provenance Rauch auction 111, December 3-4, 2020 n° 767, then "Monaco Collection".
2 ½ Aurei medallions are known under the tetrarchy; our unpublished and unlisted coin is in this series. The bust with Nemean lion-skin, inspired by the coinage of Commodus, clearly demonstrates the link between Maximian Herculius on the obverse and Hercules on the reverse. There are other examples. (Gnecchi I pl. 5 N ° 5 [gold - 31 mm - 26.98 g] and 7 [gold - 31 mm - 20.04 g]), also the reverse (Gnecchi II pl.126 N ° 4 [bronze, 34 mm - 24 g] and Triton auction XII January 6, 2009 n° 761 [bronze - 36.57 g]).
Mint state. Fleur de coin
Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus or Diocletian was proclaimed emperor on September 17, 284. He defeated Carinus in a battle at the mouth of the Morava river. The provinces were in a civil war. Diocletian promoted one of his generals, Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus, to the rank of Caesar in 285 and sent him beyond the Alps. Maximian was awarded the title Augustus after his victory in 286. While Diocletian identified himself with Jupiter, Maximian identified himself with Hercules. With Diocletian, the Eastern Empire established the capital in Nicomedia while Maximian Hercules governed the western part of the Empire from Milan. They both retired in May 305.

Starting price: 300000 EUR




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Nomos AG > obolos 20 Auction date: 3 October 2021
Lot number: 964

Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction 

Lot description:
BITHYNIA. Cius. Maximus, Caesar, 236-238. (Bronze, 22 mm, 6.03 g, 1 h). Γ ΙΟΥ ΟΥΗ ΜΑΧΙΜΟC Κ Γ ΙΟΥ ΟΥΗΡ ΜΑΧΙΜΟC Κ. Rev. ΚΙΑΝΩΝ Hylas advancing right, his cloak billowing out behind him, extending right arm and holding vase in left. BMC -. Lindgren & Kovacs -. Lindgren III -. RG -. RPC VI Online -. SNG Copenhagen -. SNG Hunterian -. SNG Righetti -. SNG von Aulock -, but cf. 518 for the same reverse type on a coin struck under Volusian. Unpublished. Brown patina. Very fine.
From a Swiss collection, acquired prior to 2000.
Hylas was a young man who became Herakles' page and bore his weapons. He was apparently very good looking and, one day went to a pond to draw water. This reverse type shows him carrying what is presumably meant to be a water vessel, and turning his head back to let Herakles know where he was going. However, because of his outstanding looks, a group (school?, swim?, gaggle?) of water nymphs who happened to inhabit that pond inveigled him into the water and took him to live with them. There is a famous painting by J. W. Waterhouse in the Manchester Art Gallery that shows the nymphs, portrayed as rather pre-Raphaelite naked English girls, drawing him - he's holding his water pot in his left hand - into the pond, where they will, presumably, take turns ravishing him. It is a perfect example of what might be termed Victorian "soft porn": i.e., as long as it is meant to be a "Classical scene", anything goes!
Starting price: 50 CHF

ILLUSTRAZIONE: Vaso greco della fine del secolo VI a.C., da Chiusi, raffigurante Eracle che lotta contro il leone nemeo; dietro di lui, come scudiero, il giovane Ila (Museo Archeologico regionale di Palermo).  Ila era un giovane bellissimo prediletto da Eracle che fece parte della spedizione degli Argonauti, ma durante il viaggio fu rapito dalle ninfe di una fonte dove si era recato ad attingere acqua.



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Editions V. Gadoury > Auction 2021 Auction date: 22 October 2021
Lot number: 100

Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction
Lot description:
Judée, Herod Agrippa II 56-95
Bronze, AN 26, 86-87, AE 11.23 g.
Avers : Buste lauré de Titus à droite
Revers : Nike à droite, tenant une branche de palmier et une couronne, inscription dans le champ
Ref : Hendin 612 var; AJC II, 254,
Ex Vente Triton XV lot 1437
Conservation : Superbe et Rare
Starting price: 600 EUR



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MDC Monnaies de Collection sarl > Auction 8 Auction date: 20 October 2021
Lot number: 110

Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction

Lot description:
Cassia, Caius Cassius Longinus. Aureus ND (43-42 av. J.-C.), atelier itinérant d'Asie Mineure.
Av. M. AQVINVS. LEG. LIBERTAS. Tête diadémée à droite de la Liberté.
Rv. C. CASSI - IMP. Trépied allumé.
RRC.499/1 - Calicó 64 ; Or - 8,07 g - 18 mm - 12 h
Provient de "Monaco Collection".
Frappe bien centrée et de haut relief. De minimes marques. Exemplaire proche de son état de frappe. Superbe à Fleur de coin.
Caius Cassius Longinus, né vers 87 av. J.-C., est questeur du proconsul Crassus, puis tribun de la plèbe en 49 et l'un des lieutenants de Pompée lors de la guerre civile de César. Bénéficiant de la clémence de ce dernier après la bataille de Pharsale en 48, il est nommé préteur en 44. Avec Brutus, il est un des meneurs qui assassinent César. Il fuit ensuite en Syrie, tandis que Brutus est en Macédoine. Il réunit ses forces avec ce dernier pour combattre le second triumvirat mais est vaincu à la première bataille de Philippes en octobre 42, et, croyant Brutus perdu demande à son affranchi de le transpercer de son épée

Starting price: 50000 EUR

illustrazione: lastra di altare romano raffigurante un sacrificio, Musei civici di Padova



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Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 500 Auction date: 22 September 2021
Lot number: 90

Price realized: This lot is for sale in an upcoming auction
Lot description:
SICILY, Syracuse. Agathokles. 317-289 BC. EL 25 Litrai – Hemistater (14.5mm, 3.56 g, 10h). Struck circa 306/5 BC. Laureate head of Apollo left; dolphin to right / Tripod. Jenkins Group B, dies O2/R1; BAR Issue 10; HGC 2, 1294. Lightly toned, light deposits, a few minor scratches. VF.
From the Sigmund Collection.
Estimate: 1500 USD





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