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LYSIMACHOS TETRADRACHM WITH AN OLD PROVENANCE
AG012 Kingdom of Thrace, Lysimachos (323-281 B.C.), AR Tetradrachm, Magnesia, c. 297-281 B.C., diademed head of Alexander the Great right, wearing horn of Ammon, rev BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛYΣIMAXOY, Athena enthroned left, holding Victory and resting her elbow on shield, behind her rests spear, race torch to left, maeander in exergue, 17.07g (Thompson 112; Müller 445 var.). Well-struck and well-centred, wonderful style, cabinet tone, extremely fine and with an excellent old provenance. £3,000
Ex Naville XVII, 3 October 1934, lot 421
Ex Monnaies et Médailles XXVIII, 19 June 1964, lot 94
NEKTANEBO II, THE LAST PHARAOH OF EGYPT
AG048 Pharaonic Egypt, Nektanebo II (361-343 B.C.), AE 16mm, ram running left, its head turned right, rev scales, 3.46g (Weiser, Katalog Ptolemäischer Bronzemünzen der Sammlung des Instituts für Altertumskunde der Universität Köln, p. 16, 1; Butcher 11 (uncertain northern Syrian mint)). Brown patina, very fine, very rare and extremely interesting. £1,850
Nektanebo II was the last Pharaoh of the thirtieth dynasty of Egypt. He was the nephew of the Pharaoh Takhos and had assumed control of Egypt by force after being granted command of the Egyptian army in Syria. Nektanebo II was eventually driven from his throne by a Persian invasion in 344/3 B.C., after which he fled to Ethiopia and, for a few years, managed to maintain some control of Upper Egypt. During the reigns of Takhos and Nektanebo II, the only coinage to be issued in Egypt during the Pharaonic period was produced. Takhos apparently issued gold staters, imitating issues of Athens, which today are represented by a unique example in the British Museum. The issues of Nektanebo II, employing hieroglyphs as their reverse types, are considered to be the only truly native Egyptian coinage. Nektanebo’s coinage consisted of the well-known and extremely rare gold Staters, possibly silver fractions (of which two examples are known), and an issue of bronzes.
OUTSTANDING CARTHAGE STATER
AG049 North Africa, Zeugitana, Carthage (c. 320-310 B.C.), EL Stater, wreathed head of Tanit left, wearing earring and necklace, rev horse standing right, exergual line below, 7.57g (Jenkins & Lewis, group IVb, 189). Well-struck from fresh dies on a very broad flan, beautifully toned, extremely fine, a wholly exceptional example. £4,500
PORTRAIT OF CLAUDIUS IN GOLD
AR029 Claudius (A.D. 41-54), AV Aureus, Lugdunum, A.D. 46-7, TI CLAVD CAESAR AVG P M TR P VI IMP XI, laureate head right, rev IMPER RECEPT on battlemented front wall of Praetorian camp; a soldier stands on sentry duty within the camp, holding spear and aquila; a distyle pediment with fortified flanking walls behind him, 7.79g (RIC 36; BMC 37; Calicó 362a; RCV 1832 var.). Broad flan, excellent portrait, a few insignificant marks, about extremely fine. £12,500
RIC attributes this issue to Rome
ONE OF THE RARER TYPES OF OBVERSE FOR THE LARGEST HAMMERED
GOLD DENOMINATION EVER ISSUED