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  1. Roman Republic. Anonymous. Circa 225-217 BC. Cast Æ Grave Triens (43mm, 79.65g). Prow right, libral cast series. Rome mint. Obv: Helmeted head of Minerva left; •••• (mark of value) below. Rev: Prow of galley right; •••• (mark of value) below; all on a raised disk. Ref: Crawford 35/3a; ICC 78; Sydenham 74; RBW 87; HN Italy 339. Lovely dark patina with green hues. About Extremely Fine. Ex Artemide Kunstauktioen e33 (2 Jun 2024), Lot 230. Next: More RR bronze.
  2. Maximus (son of Maximinus I), as Caesar, AD 236-238. Æ Sestertius (30mm, 18.93g, 1h). Rome mint, 3rd emission of Maximinus I, struck late AD 236-237. Obv: MAXIMVS CAES GERM; Bareheaded and draped bust right. Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS; Maximus standing left, holding baton and spear; two signa to left. RIC IV (Maximinus) 13; BMCRE 213-7; Banti 6. Good Very Fine. Ex Roma e114 (23 Nov 2023), Lot 1035. Next: Another favorite Sestertius
  3. Link: Bull Julian II, AD 360-363. Æ 27mm (28mm, 8.93g, 12h). Arelate (Arles) mint. Struck AD 362-363. Obv: Pearl-diademed, draped, and cuirassed bust right. Rev: Bull standing right, two stars above; to right, eagle standing on wreath holding wreath in beak; SCONST. Ref: RIC VIII 318; Ferrando 1266; LRBC 468. Good Very Fine, dark green patina. Rare. Ex CNG Mail Bid Sale 69 (8 June 2005), Lot 1494. Ex Kunker e78 (18 July 2023), Lot 5632.
  4. Kings of Thrace, Macedonian. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. AR Drachm (17mm, 4.17g, 1h). In the types of Alexander III of Macedon. Kolophon mint. Struck circa 299/298-297/296 BC. Obv: Head of Herakles right, wearing lion skin. Rev: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY; Zeus Aëtophoros seated left; in left field, forepart of lion left above crescent; pentagram below throne. Ref: Thompson 127; Price L28; Müller 20; HGC 3.2, 1752e. Good Very Fine, toned. Ex CNG e416, Lot 42.
  5. British Anglo-Saxon, Danish East Anglia. Coin weight. Late 9th century. Circular lead weight with inset coin (48.10 g). Coin is a local issue of an AR Penny of Alfred the Great (AD 871-899): first coinage, lunette type, circa AD 871-875; uncertain mint and moneyer (cf. North 625; cf. SCBC 1057). Cf. Williams, Anglo-Saxon 21 (for type), and 22 (for value). For weight: good condition, tan and brown patina, small area chipped off edge; for coin: Very Fine. Very rare multiple-value weight. Ex The David Karpeles Collection. Ex CNG MBS 76 (12 Sept 2007), Lot 1855. Ex Goldberg Sale 133 Pre-Long Beach (1 Feb 2023), Lot 2468. British Anglo-Saxon, Danish East Anglia ("Danelaw"). Coin weight. Late 9th century. Circular lead weight with inset coin (24.01 g with coin). Coin is an AR Penny of Alfred the Great (AD 871-899): first coinage, lunette type, circa AD 871-875; Canterbury mint, moneyer Eadulf. Ref: (SCBC -; cf. BMC 187 [for moneyer on cross-and-lozenge type]; North 625; SCBC 1057). Cf. G. Williams, "Anglo-Saxon and Viking Coin Weights," BNJ 69 (1999), 21. For weight: good condition, tan and brown patina, small area chipped off edge; for coin: Fine, toned, slight roughness to reverse. Very rare, and an unrecorded moneyer for Alfred's lunette coinage. Ex The David Karpeles Collection. Ex CNG MBS 70 (21 Sept 2005), Lot 1249. Ex Goldberg Sale 133 Pre-Long Beach (1 Feb 2023), Lot 2469. Goldberg Note: Williams' analysis of the known weights of this type clearly places them in the Danelaw during the later 9th century, when the Viking economy was still bullion-based, and weights were used for weighing both coinage and bullion. As with many of the known examples, this particular weight, at 24.01g, is equivalent to a Viking ounce (eyrir) of 24-26.6g. The purpose of the coins set into one end of these weights is uncertain, but Williams argues that they served as a symbol of authority. Although the Viking economy was still pre-monetary, Williams notes that the Vikings were familiar with coinage and likely recognized that their designs were a symbol of authority. He also suggests that the Vikings were probably familiar with the Anglo-Saxon weights, which were validated by being stamped with official dies, and argues that the lack of coin dies for validating their own weights was remedied by applying a coin within each. Williams points out that the fact that the coins were issued by Anglo-Saxon kings was irrelevant, as the vast majority of the Vikings were illiterate.
  6. Probus, AD 276-282. Silvered Æ Antoninianus (21mm, 3.28g, 6h). Sicia mint. Obv: IMP.C.PROBUS P.F. AVG; Radiate helmeted and cuirassed bust left holding spear and shield. Rev: PAX AVGUSTI; Pax standing left holding transverse sceptre and olive-branch; P in right field. XXI in exergue. Ref: RIC V 712 var. (legend 3, bust type G). Good Very Fine, nice dark patina. 
  7. Q. Pompeius Rufus, 54 BC. AR Denarius (17mm, 3.63g, 5h). Rome mint. Obv: Bare head of the consul Q. Pompeius Rufus right. Rev: Bare head of Sulla right. Ref: Crawford 434/1; Sydenham 908; Pompeia 4; RBW 1544. Lightly toned with a hint of iridescence, a few light marks. Good Very Fine. Excellent portrait of Sulla. From the Wild Rose Collection. Ex John L. Cowan Collection (CNG 114, 13 May 2020), Lot 616.; Gemini II (10 Jan 2006), Lot 265. Ex CNG 126 (28 May 2024), Lot 603. CNG Note: This coin issue bears the only portrait of the dictator Sulla. The moneyer was the grandson of Sulla and his home would likely have had portraits of their famous ancestor. Thus, although posthumously struck, the portrait on these coins is probably an accurate representation. And just FYI wrt coin prices, this example hammered for the opening bid and sold for about 30% less than in the two previous auctions.
  8. Ex Naville Numismatics Roman Egypt, Alexandria. Vespasian, AD 69-79. Æ Diobol (25mm, 8.91g, 12h). Alexandria mint, struck RY 6 (AD 73/74). Obv: ΑΥΤΟΚ ΚΑΙΣ ΣΕΒΑ ΟΥΕΣΠΑΣΙΑΝΟΥ; Laureate head right. Rev: Draped bust of Isis to right, wearing taenia and crown of solar disk and horns; in right field, LϚ to lower right. Ref: Geissen 299; Dattari 385; RPC 2442 (19 examples); Emmett 217.6 (R1). Nice dark green patina, Very Fine. Ex Naville Numismatics Auction 84 (8 Oct 2023), Lot 234.
  9. Link: Bull Roman Cilicia, Tarsus. Hadrian, AD 117-138. AR Tridrachm (25mm, 10.31g, 12h). Obv: ΑΥΤ ΚΑΙ ΘΕ ΤΡΑ ΠΑΡ ΥΙ ΘΕ ΝΕΡ-ΥΙ ΤΡΑΙ ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟC CΕ; Laureate head of Hadrian right with balteus and drapery on left shoulder. Rev: ΤΑΡCΕΩΝ ΜΗΤΡΟΠΟΛΕΩC; Lion attacking bull kneeling left. Ref: Prieur 765; RPC 3264. Good Very Fine, old cabinet tone, two small punches on reverse, scattered light scratches. From the collection of a Mentor. Ex Naville Numis 75 (31 Jul 2022), Lot 469.
  10. Link: Bull Celtic Britain. Atrebates & Regni, Verica. Circa AD 10-40. AR Unit (13mm, 1.31g, 11h). 'Head on Spear' (Atrebatic J). Southern mint, struck circa AD 25-40. Obv: VERICA; Bull butting right; REX in exergue, all within pelleted border. Rev: COM-MI F; Diademed male figure standing left, holding branch, behind him a spear topped by a bust facing left, all within pelleted border. Ref: Bean VERS3-5; Hobbs 1450ff; Van Arsdell 506-1; Seaby 137; ABC 1235. Scarce. About Very Fine, toned. Ex-Heritage Long Beach 378 (3 Jun 2005), Lot 13429.
  11. Moneyer issues of Imperatorial Rome. L. Papius Celsus. 45 BC. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.64g, 2h). Rome mint. Obv Head of Juno Sospita right, wearing goat skin headdress tied at neck. Rev: CELSVS·III·VIR; She-wolf standing right, placing stick on fire; on right, eagle standing left, fanning the flames; L·PAPIVS, in exergue. Ref: Crawford 472/1; CRI 82; Sydenham 964; Papia 2; RBW 1647. Very Fine, lightly toned, small banker's mark on obverse. Ex Kunker, Mar 2009.
  12. Sicily, Syracuse. Timoleon or the Third Democracy, 344-317 BC. Æ23mm (13.56g, 6h). Struck circa 344-339/8 BC. Obv: ZΕΥΣ ΕΛ-ΕΥ-ΘΕΡΙΟΣ; laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios right. Rev: ΣΥΡΑΚ-ΟΣΙΩΝ; thunderbolt; eagle to right. Ref: Calciati II 72; HGC 2, 1440. Next: A coin from the mother city of Syracuse.
  13. Crusader States, Frankish Greece. Principality of Achaea. Maud of Hainaut, AD 1316-1318. AR denier (20mm, 0.83g, 5h). Glarentza mint. Obv: ✚MAhAVTA PACh'; Cross pattée. Rev: DE CLARENCIA; Castle tournois surmounted by a cross, small cross below castle. Ref: CCS 39.
  14. Link: Alexander III Scotland. Alexander III, AD 1249-1286. AR Penny (17mm, 1.53g, 1h). First coinage, type III. Edinburgh mint; Alexander, moneyer. Struck AD 1250-circa 1280. Obv: +ALЄXANDЄR RЄX: Crowned head left; scepter before. Rev: ALЄ X(ON) ЄD ЄN⦂; Voided long cross; stars in quarters. Ref: SCBI 35 (Ashmolean & Hunterian), 112 (same dies); SCBC 5043. Near Very Fine, toned. From the Dr. William E. Triest Collection, purchased from Spink. Ex Peter Mitchell Collection. Ex Dix, Noonan, Webb 55 (8 Oct 2002), Lot 631. Ex CNG eAuction 429 (26 Sep 2018), Lot 538.
  15. Anglo-Scandinavian coinage. Imitation of Æthelræd II, AD 978-1016. AR Penny (21mm, 2.23g). 'Last Small Cross' type with blundered legends. Obv: Blundered Æthelred legend retrograde round very stylized bust right in solid inner circle ('Bohemian hair' style). Rev: Small cross in solid inner circle with blundered legend. Ref: See Viking collection, Spink Auction 150 (14 March 2001), Lot 1230 (same dies). Very Fine, heavy example, nice toning. Ex. Noble Numismatics Auction 72 (26 Mar 2003), Lot 958. Ex Spink 18012 (3 July 2018), Lot 279. Ex Bruun Rassmussen Auction 904 (2 Nov 2021), Lot 6. Ex Bruun Rassmussen Auction 916 (7 Nov 2023), Lot 62.
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