20190315

GREEK/Seleucid; Alexander I Balas BCE 152-144



AE 18 mm, 7.25 g, 12h, Antioch mint

SC 1790.1a

O: Balas in a Boeotian helmet rt.

R: ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ on r,  AΛEΞANΔPOY on l., Nike left crowning name and grain ear on outer left. No controls noted.

 

Ex: FSR

20190312

GREEK; Mysia, Pergamon c. BCE 150-140



AR Cistophoric Tetradrachm 27mm, 12.54 g 12h.

Kleiner-Noe Series 22

SNG France ---

O: Cista mystica with serpent; all within ivy wreath

R: Bow-case ornamented with aphlaston between two coiled serpents, their tails intertwined, ΠΕΡ monogram to left, cornucopia to right.




Ex: Warren Esty Ex: Don Hay Collection (TX) 2011



20190309

HUNGARY; Arpad Dynasty (Árpád Ház); Bela II (II. Béla magyar király) CE 1131-1141


AR Denar, 12 mm, 0.36 g

Unger 53

O:Cross with circle; pellet in each quarter. (gyöngykörben kereszt, szárai között pontok, a felirat helyén E és vonalkák)
R: Cross within circle; pellet in each quarter (belsõ vonalkörben kereszt, szárai között ékek, a két vonalkör között vonások)

20190217

ENGLAND/Plantagenet; John CE 1199-1216

AR Short Cross Penny cut half 0.63 g, possibly Chichester or Durham mints, Pieres Moneyer

SCBC 1351

O: [henr]icvs R-EX  facing portrait of John (5b)

R: +PIERES [ON-DVR or CICE]

thanks to Tom Redmayne of the Yorkshire Numismatic Society for helping identify the moneyer.

20190214

Canada Polymer Notes Series 2012-2013


 $5 Series 2013

 
$10 Series 2013


$20 Series 2012

The smaller denominations saw greater use from the folds apparent in the bills. The $20 less use was apparent but as with all Canadian and British polymer notes we've experienced, it is difficult to lay them out so they're flat on a surface. Once folded or bent they tend to maintain that shape.

Unfortunately, the USA and Eurozone are still committed to more easily forged paper notes with no inference that they will eventually convert to this harder to forge technology.






 

20190210

ISLAMIC/Iran; Qajar; Muhammad Shah CE 1834-1848 محمد شاه قاجار


AR Qiran 17mm, 4.06 g, Isfahan mint, no discernable date but possibly AH 1255 as these are most abundant..

Album 2913

O: Muhammad Anbiya' Shahanshah (Muhammad King of the Prophets)
R: "struck at Isfahan dar as-Sultanah" date is off the planchet.

ISLAMIC/Hafsid Anonymous c. AH 700/ CE 1300


AR Dirham, 1.3 g, 16 mm, possibly Tunis? mint but not legible on this poorly struck example.

Album 514 (S)

According to Album, Hafsid square dirhams "are identical to the Muwahhidun, but are written in square Kufic instead of rounded Naskhi script, but are much coarser than the Muwahhidun Kufic equivalent (cf. A-496A)…." (Album Checklist page 84, 3rd edition).

on the right side photo the three line inscription that appears on square dirhams of the Muwahhidun also appears here "Allah Rubna/Muhammah Rasulna/al-Mahdi Imamna", though much of the inscription is obscured by the poor strike.

20190126

BYZANTINE/Constantine VIII Porphyrogenitis CE 913-959 Κωνσταντῖνος Ζ΄ Πορφυρογέννητος


AE Follis 26 mm, 8.44 g, 5h, Constantinople mint c. CE 945-950

SB 1761

O: +const'basil'rom'
facing bust of Constantine VII with short beard wearing crown and vertical loros, holding akakia and globus cruciger.

R: +const'/enϴeoba/sileus r/omeon
in four lines.

portion of ivory plaque depicting Constantine VII created in Constantinople c. CE 954 and presently part of the Pushkin Museum collection in Moscow.

20190107

Britain/Plantagenet; Henry II CE 1154-1189

 
 



AR Short Cross Penny (fragmentary), 1.01g, York mint c. CE 1180-1182, Isac as moneyer. Type 1ab

SCBC 1344
North 963

OBS: [hENRI]CVS R EX crowned facing bust holding cruciform scepter

REV: +I[SAC O]N EVERW voided short cross with four pellets in each quarter.

Below is an attempted reconstruction illustrating the missing portions of the fragmentary penny. It appears from the CNG example, that approximately 0.48 g of the coin is missing or about 32% of the total coin.


It is surmised that the "Isaac of York" who is the moneyer of this example, was the prototype of the character of "Isaac of York" in Walter Scott's "Ivanhoe".  It is thought that this Isaac was Jewish ergo the background of Scott's Isaac and his career as a money lender in the story. Ten years after this coin was minted there was a pogrom and massacre of the Jews of York at Clifford's Tower (which is still standing), and it is likely that if this moneyer was in fact Jewish that he met his end at that time,
CE 1190.

20190104

GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochos III BCE 223-187


AR Tetradrachm 28mm,  17.05g, Susa Mint (Pre-Molon) c. BCE 223-222

 SC 1206 (R2)

ESM 380

O: diad hd of Antiochos III r. dotted border

R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ on r,    ANTIOXOY on l, Apollo std on omphalos testing an arrow r hand on grounded bow

Controls in left field under arrow and right field., test cut at 12 o’clock on obs and 6 o’clock on rev.

 

Ex: Heritage Auctions Sale 231850, portion of lot 62104 (13 Dec 2018)

 

 

 

 

20190103

BYZANTINE/Heraclius CE 610-641


AE 40 Nummia, 6.08 g, 20 x 25 mm, Sicily mint, c. CE 632-641

SB 884
R. 1450

O: overstruck on coins of Heraclius & Heraclius Constantine of Constantinople dated Yr. 21 or later countermarked on obs with facing busts of Heraclius on l. and Heraclius Constantine on r. with + between their heads.

R: overstruck on rev with monogram 22 and SCs within an oval punch stamped in any position on the rev of the original coin.


ex: W. Esty
ex: Heritage Europe (formerly MPO Auctions) Auction 56 lot 2802 (14 Nov 2017)

20181214

GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochos III BCE 222-187



AR Tetradrachm, 27 mm, 16.88 g, 12h, Uncertain Mint 67 in  N. Mesopotamia, Perhaps Carrhae probably BCE c. 212-210.

SC 1118 (R2) 
 
O: more mature portrait of Antiochos III 

R: Β]ΑΣΙΛΕΩ[Σ on r,    A]NTIOXOY on l, Apollo std on omphalos testing an arrow r hand on grounded bow.

 Control on outer left MTP monogram

 Test cut on reverse.





Ex: Heritage Auctions Sale 231845, portion of lot 62101 (8 Nov 2018)
 
 
 

20181212

ROMAN EGYPT/Maximianus CE 286-310


Potin Tetradrachm; 7.64 g, 19 mm, 12h, Alexandria mint, Regnal Yr 7= CE 291-292

Emmett 4147 (1)

O: Laur draped bust of Maximianus r, MAΞIMIANOC CEB

R: Nike flying r holding a wreath L  Z

ROMAN EGYPT/Diocletian CE 285-305


Potin Tetradrachm; 8.96 g, 20 mm, 12h, Alexandria mint, Regnal Yr 7= CE 290-291

Emmett 4087 (1)

O: Laur bust of Diocletian r, ΔIOKΛHTIANOC CEB

R: Zeus standing left holding patera & scepter with eagle on the lower left L  Z

20181201

GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochos VIII “Philometor” BCE 121-96



AE 18 mm, 5.61 g, 12h, Antioch mint SE 202/BCE 111-110

SC 2308 (R, 17 known examples)

O: radiate hd of Antiochos r dotted border

R: [ΒAΣIΛEΩΣ] /A]NTIOXOY on right, [ΦI]ΛOMHTOPOΣ on l., Eagle stg l., BΣ underneath for SE date.

Control on outer left.

  
This is an example of the rare and elusive PHILOMETOR bronze of Antiochos VIII issued for a short time during SE 202. SC remarks that the epithet is used without irony despite his having killed his mother a decade before.

Petr Vesely has discussed this issue and the known examples on his website found http://seleukidtraces.info/information/ni_antiochos_philometor.html.

 Knowledge that this epithet was utilized by Antiochos VIII also is noted on an inscription found on Delos that said:

1 βασιλεὺ[ς Ἀντίοχος Ἐ]πιφανὴς
Φιλομήτωρ [Καλλίνικος ὁ ἐγ] βασιλέως
Δημητρίου [καὶ βασιλίσσης] Κ̣λεοπάτρας
Γναῖον Παπ̣[ίριον Γαίου Κά]ρ̣βωνα
5 στρατη̣[γὸν ἀνθύπατον? Ῥωμαίω]ν ἀρετῆς
ἕνεκ[εν καὶ εὐνοίας τῆς εἰς ἑαυ]τόν.
(translation and background below)

A STATUE OF CARBO DEDICATED BY ANTIOCHOS VIII AT DELOS Greek text:   IDelos_1550
Date:   116/5 B.C.
Format:   see key to translations

Carbo, who was Roman consul in 113 B.C., was probably acting as governor of the province of Asia when this statue was set up, but the reason that he was honoured in this way is unknown; see R.Kallet-Marx, "Hegemony to Empire", page 228 ( UC press e-books ).
King [Antiochos] Epiphanes Philometor [Kallinikos, the son] of king Demetrios [and queen] Kleopatra, dedicated this statue of Gnaeus Papirius Carbo, [the son of Gaius], the praetor [and (?) proconsul of the Romans], on account of his virtue [and his goodwill towards] the king.

http://www.attalus.org/docs/ogis/s260.html


This example is ex Zurqieh (Dubai) 2018.

20181127

ISLAMIC/Umayyad; Hisham b. 'Abdal-Malik CE 724-743 هشام بن عبد الملك


AR Dirham 25 mm, 2.92 g, 3h, Wasit mint AH 123/CE 740-741

Album 137

20181124

GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochos III BCE 222-187


AE 11 mm, 1.45 g, 12h, Antioch mint.

SC 1055 (no controls visible)

 
O: Laureate hd r., of Antiochos III as Apollo, dotted border

R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ (on r.) ANTIOXOY (on l.)  Apollo stg l., testing arrow

 
controls none visible. 



Ex: MNL Collection

GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochos III BCE 222-187


AE 15 mm, 3.98 g, 12h, Sardes mint.

SC 983.6  (barbarous style)
HSC 518  (R1-R2)
O: Laureate hd of Apollo r., with corkscrew curls.

R: [ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ](on r.) ANTIOXOY (on l.)  Apollo stg l., testing arrow and resting elbow on tall tripod. 

controls none visible. 



Ex: MNL Collection