World Coins and Medals to Strike the High Notes Baldwin’s Auction 83 will be held on the 24th of September, at the CIPFA Conference Centre, London, in conjunction with Coinex 2013, the UK’s premier numismatic exhibition. The 1383 lots comprise an a
auction 7, 1982, lot 202
ex Abramowitz Family Collection, Superior auctions, 8 December 1993, lot 344
This impressive issue was struck to commemorate the marriage of Alexander Balas to Cleopatra Thea in c.150 BC. Cleopatra Thea (c.164-121 BC), the daughter of Ptolemy VI and Cleopatra II of Egypt, played an important role in the Seleucid monarchy, while also leading a rather complicated and turbulent existence. Her union with Alexander I produced a child, Antiochos VI. Alexander was killed in 145 BC, after which Cleopatra married Demetrios II and bore him their sons Seleukos V and Antiochos VIII. Demetrios was later captured by the Parthians, whereupon Cleopatra married Antiochos VII; their son was Antiochos IX. Demetrios was released by the Parthians only to be murdered on the orders of Cleopatra Thea in 125 BC. She then arranged for the death of her son Seleukos V, who had succeeded Demetrios, before attempting to place herself as ruler of Syria, along with her son Antiochos VIII. After attempting to also remove him, she was forced to take her own life in 121 BC.
The above example was one of the first two of this issue to be discovered in the late 19th century.
4276 Plegmund (890-914), Archbishop of Canterbury, Silver Penny, moneyer Berhthelm, small cross pattée, inner and outer linear circles and legend surrounding, +PLEGMVND ARCHIEP, rev three cross pattées across centre, tri-pellets above and below moneyer name in two lines, BERHT ELM MO, outer beaded circle surrounding, 1.49g (N 256; S 900). Small red deposit under second letter of legend, otherwise toned, good very fine and very rare.
ex Vatican Hoard, Rome, second portion, Glendinings, 13 November 1930, lot 1
ex R Cyril Lockett Collection, part III, Glendinings, 4 November 1958, lot 2640, sold for £13
ex B A Seaby Ltd. c.1962, priced at £30
ex Glendinings, 5 October 1987, lot 395
4339 Charles II, Silver Shilling, 1666, laureate and draped ‘Guinea Head’ right, elephant below truncation, rev crowned cruciform shields, interlinked C’s in angles, garter star at centre, date above, edge milled (ESC 1027 R4; S 3374). Lightly toned, tiny scratch to neck, laurel wreath lightly tooled, otherwise fine and extremely rare, one of the key rarities to the Charles II series of Shillings.
4908 ‘Abd al-Aziz, Gold 5-Guineas/500-Ghurush, Misr 1277h/11, 42.73g (KM 265). Hairlines, otherwise brilliant uncirculated and extremely rare.
5351 The Successful Outcome of the Attempted Attack on Amsterdam by William II and the Imprisonment of the Regents in Loevestein, cast Silver Medal with reverse in imitation of engraving, unsigned (Pieter van Abeele), c.1650, cityscape of Amsterdam with spires and windmills, the harbour to the fore with several city barges, hand of God in clouds above and legend on scroll, rev two coaches leave a gateway above which hangs a smoking cage, troops march alongside, the castle of Loevenstein beyond, 64.5mm (vL II, 345, 1; Fred 1b, 26). Very fine and very rare.