Ryro Posted March 11 · Supporter Share Posted March 11 (edited) I often mock the wave of wealthy new ancient collectors that just want shiny, pretty silver and gold coins. But this one had been "speaking to me" for weeks. The horses racing off Athena's helmet, Pegasus, the little Nike and club (a reference to their namesake) on the reverse, and that stone cold look in her EYE made it a must have! And the price was right. 😊 As you can see, she's not all pretty though. A strange countermark behind her head (I've searched ac search and wild winds and cannot find another example with this countermark. Any help is appreciated) caused the coin to chip. Adding allure and affordability for me. IONIA, Herakleia ad Latmon. Circa 140-135 BC. AR Tetradrachm (33mm, 11.50 g, 12h). Stephanophoric type. Helmeted head of Athena right / Club; below, Nike advancing left, holding wreath, flanked by two monograms; all within oak wreath. Lavva, Silberprägung, Group III (unlisted dies); SNG Copenhagen 781; SNG von Aulock 1978. Chipped.very fine Here are the city walls that remain at Herakleia ad Latmon: Herakleia was known for their love of Athena (despite their name being after her half brother). Here are the remains of their temple of Athena: Here are a couple other masterfully engraved coins of mine that ended up in master-pieces: Bruttium, Kaulonia. Circa 525-500 BC. AR Nomos (31 mm, 6.63 g). Obv. Apollo advancing right, holding branch aloft in right hand, left arm extended, upon which a small daimon, holding branch in each hand, runs right; KAVΛ to left; to right, stag standing right, head reverted. Rev. Incuse of obverse, but daimon in outline and no ethnic. Noe, Caulonia Group A, 1 (same dies). Rare. Cracked in three parts, otherwise, very fine/fine Purchased from Auctiones gmbh March 2021 Ptolemy II Philadelphos, 285-246 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 13.00 g, 12 h), Sidon, RY 32 = 254/3 BC. Diademed head of Ptolemy I to right, wearing aegis around neck. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt; to left, ΣI above monogram of MT; to right, ΛB. CPE 524. Svoronos 739. Crystallized, double struck and with some edge chipping, otherwise, about extremely fine. Purchased from Leu Numismatiks Aug 2021 Please share your masterpieces, chipped coins, Athena looking good, Herakleia Edited March 11 by Ryro 25 1 1 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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