ROMAN/Maximianus CE 286-310

AE Antoninianus (----mm, 3.69 g) Tripolis mint, c. 286-290 CE

RIC V 626 var.
RCV 13144 var.

O: IMP C M AVR VAL MAXIMIANVS PF AVG, rad, cuir., bust right.
R: IOVI CONSERVATOR--I AVGG/TR in field and palm branch on left XXI in exergue.
Emperor on left receiving Victory from Jupiter


ROMAN/Gordian III CE 238-244---A footnote to the Holocaust

AR Antoninianus, 4.1 g, 23 x 20 mm, 12h, Roma mint, CE 239

RSC 194

O: rad, cuir., bust r IMP CAES M ANT GORDIANVS AVG
R: Virtus stg l holding shield and spear, PM TRP II COS PP

This coin was part of a lot from Triskeles Auctions 322 lot 518 that closed 12/13/2016. The entire lot including this coin was identified as former stock of Robert Ball Nachfolger a Berlin, Germany coin dealer who was active from 1887 until his death in 1904 according to the write up accompanying the lot description.

In 1904, the Ball enterprise continued under Hugo Grünthal who ran the firm under the Ball name until he was forced to close the business in 1934 when anti-Jewish laws began to impact business enterprises who were no longer able to advertise or have other access to markets. This compelling information was not included in the auction write up for some reason. It was noted that the remaining inventory was sold in two sales by Grabow of Rostock in 1939 and 1940. It is surmised that the coins in this lot probably came from the stock sold at that time. 

    Original Envelope that accompanied the coin. Envelope is 35 x 35 mm.

What is not mentioned is that Hugo Grünthal (1869-1943) died in Berlin in 1943. It is not known if this was due to natural causes or not, though considering the conditions that Jews were compelled to live under, all deaths were unnecessarily premature.  A medal depicting Grünthal  (and his relationship to the Ball company is noted on the reverse) was issued in 1929 and is depicted below:

Grünthal's son Henry (1905-2001) left Germany in 1938 and came to the USA and went on to work in Numismatics and was a long time curator at the ANS in NYC.  

This just goes to prove that preserving the provenance of even the most pedestrian coin provides invaluable information not only about the coin but the people who owned it and the times in which they lived.


Two DDR (1949-1990) Commemoratives

1972-A Buchenwald 10 Mark KM#38 (31mm, mintage 2.5 million, CuNi)
1971-A Thälmann 20 Mark KM#34 (33mm, mintage 2.5 million, CuNi)


JORDAN; Abdullah II (1999-); Half Dinar 2006/1427 AH

KM# 79
28 mm, 9.43 g.

OBS:  عبدالله الثاني ابن الحسين ملك المملكة الاردنية الهاشمية
“Abdullah ath-Thani Ibnal-Husayn Malik al-Mamlakah al-Urdaniyyah al-Hashimiyyah”

With large ١/٢ in center.

FRANCE; François Mitterand; President 1981-1995; Centennial

Coin Specifications:  (this example is BU)

Year Of Issue:
 2 Euro
Mint Mark:
 Circulation: 9,980,000; Brilliant Uncirculated: 10,000; Proof: 10,000
 Cupronickel Outer Ring: 75% Copper, 25% Nickel Clad; Nickel Brass Inner Core: 70% Copper, 24.5% Zinc, 5.5% Nickel
 8.5 grams
 25.75 mm
 Lettering (2** 2** 2** 2** 2** 2**)
OBV Designer
REV Designer
 Luc Luycx
 Circulation, Brilliant Uncirculated, Proof
For more info click here.


ROMAN/Severus Alexander CE 222-235

AR Denarius, 3.28g 19 mm, 6h, Rome mint c. CE 231

RSC 76

O: IMP ALEXANDER PIVS AVG, laur., draped cuirassed bust r.
R: IOVI PROPVGNATORI, Jupiter adv left looking right and reading to throw a fulmen from his right hand.


INDO-PARTHIAN/Gondopharid; Pakores c. late 1st Century CE

AE Tetradrachm 8.31g 25 mm, 11h, Arachosia ? mint
Senior 269.8T

O: diad bust left
R: Nike adv right


ISLAMIC/'Abbasid Governors of Tabaristan; Jarir جرير CE 786-788

AR Hemidrachm, 23mm, 2.04 g, 3h, PYE 135

Album 64 (R)

Malek 95

Wilkes 110 (Islamic Coins & their Values Vol. I)

O: name in outer margin of obs Q3 جرير , “Afzut” in place of name before bust.

R: “Tabaristan” on right, “135” on left of attendants and fire altar.


GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochus I Soter BCE 281-261

AR Tetradrachm, 25.5 mm, 16.61 g, 6h, Aϊ Khanoum mint

SC 438.1a

O: diad hd r

R: Apollo Delphios std l on omphalos testing arrow in his right hand and holding bow in his left, monogram Δ in a circle to inner left. BAΣIΛEΩΣ on right ANTIOXOY on left.

Ex: CNG 367:252 (27 Jan 2016)


IRAN/Parthia; Phraates II BCE 138-127/6

AR Drachm, 4.2g, 20mm, 12h,  Tambrax mint struck c. BCE 128-126

Sellwood 16.11
Shore 50
BMC Parthia pg. 17, 15
Sunrise 272
O: Short bearded bust left wearing diadem, TAM behind

R: BAΣIΛΕΩΣ/MEΓAΛOY on right separated by guide line, APΣAKOY/ΘEOΠATOPOΣ on left separated by guide line.
Arsakes I seated right on omphalos, holding bow


IRAN/Parthia; Vardanes I c. CE 40-47

AR Drachm, 3.73 g, 20 mm, 12h, Ecbatana mint
Sellwood 64.31
Shore 353

O: bare-headed bust left with medium pointed beard wearing diadem with loop at top and three ends; earring visible; three lines on forehead representing royal wart.
R: archer std r on throne holding bow, below bow Ecbatana mint mark. Blundered Greek legend.


GREECE/Egypt; Ptolemaic; Kleopatra VII Thea Neotera BCE 51-30

AR Tetradrachm; 24 mm, 13.59 g, 12h. Alexandria mint, RY 14/BCE 39-38

Svoronos 1828 (Ptolemy XIII)

SNG Copenhagen 408

Noeske 370-1

DCA 70

O: diad. Hd of Ptolemy I r, wearing aegis around neck

R: Eagle with closed wings stg l on thunderbolt, palm frond over shoulder, LIΔ over headdress of Isis to left, ΠA to right. Around ΠTOΛEMAIOY BAΣIΛΕΩΣ.




Roman Republic, c. BCE 210

Anonymous, c. BCE 210, AE Sextans; 20mm, 3.16 g, 4h, Sardinia mint.

CR 64/6a
RCV 1226

O: hd of Mercury r wearing winged petasos, two dots above
R: Prow of galley right, ROMA above, MA monogram to right, two dots below.

Possibly overstruck on a Carthaginian bronze.

Ex: CNG 376 lot 764 or 765 (06-15-2016)
Ex: RBW Collection
Ex: UBS 59 portion lot 6125 (01-29-2004)            


Greece/Seleucid; Demetrius II Nikator (first reign) BCE 146-138

AR Drachm 3.78 g, 16-17 mm, 12h, Probably minted at Seleucia in Pieria

SC 1927.1

HGC 982 (R2)

O: diad hd of Demetrios r, diadem ends falling straight behind, dotted border

R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY in two lines on right, NIKATOPOΣ on left, anchor flukes upward.

Control inner left Flower (rose or lily?)


Ex: WKR Collection


ROMAN/ Geta, as Caesar CE 198-209

AR Denarius, 17 x 19 mm, 2.33 g, 12h, Rome mint c. CE 203-208

RIC Geta 47 (R)
BMC p. 245 note 454 ("The denarius quoted by C.86 is very doubtful")
RSC 86

On 9 Oct. 1991 Curtis Clay (who is revising RIC for Septimius Severus and family) wrote to the prior owner stating that this example was only the second known example. The G. R. Arnold collection did not have one. (CNG sold an example in 2013 for $2,200).

O: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, bare headed draped bust right

R; MINERVAE VICTRICI,  Minerva, helmeted, draped, advancing left, brandishing javelin in right hand and holding shield in left hand; at her feet, snake preceding her.

Ex: WE Collection
Ex: ANA Chicago 1991, London Coin Galleries (CA)


ROMAN/Titus CE 79-81

AR Denarius, 3.26 g, 19 mm, 6h., Roma mint, c. September to December CE 79
RSC 287a (R with left facing portrait)

R: Ceres seated left holding wheat ear and poppy in rt hand, lighted torch in left, TRP VIIII IMP XV COS VII PP


ROMAN/Two Lugdunum (Lyon) Emissions of Probus CE 276-282

AE Antoninianus, 3.42 g, 21 mm, 12h, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, c. CE 277 3rd emission

RIC 37 bust 

RCV 11992

O: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right

R: MARS VICTOR/III, Mars advancing right, carrying trophy and spear

AE Antoninianus, 3.74 g, 22 mm, 6h, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, c. CE 278-279

RIC 84 variety

RCV 11992




IRAN/Sasanian; Examples from a Hoard from the time of Yazdgard III in Kirman c. CE 642-645/6

The hoard has invariably been referred to as the "Silk Road Hoard" or the "Tokharistan Hoard" but was described in great detail in an article entitled "A Hoard from the time of Yazdgard III in Kirman" by Heidemann, Riederer & Weber ( Iran 52 (2014): 79-124). 

As these examples are studied further I will be updating their respective information. These are both drachms minted posthumously in the name of Khusro II (CE 590-628) and are thought to have been minted at a centralized mint of Yazdgard III sometime after the Battle of Qadisiyya and possibly just before the Battle of Nihavand during the early days of the Muslim conquest of the Sasanian Empire.

AR Drachm, 32 mm, 3.92 g, 9h, ShY (Shiz) mint, Yr. 37
Heidemann etal, Die 33 late=ShY 37A=0483, 26 examples noted.

AR Drachm, 32 mm, 4.1 g, 3h, ART (Ardashir Khurrah aka Jur or Gor mint), yr. 37
Heidemann etal, Die 15 = ART 37A=0082, 23 examples noted.