Yohanan Hyrcanus II BCE 67, 63-40
AE Prutah, 1.72 g, overstruck on a prutah of Alexander Yannai, H. 467
O: Hebrew within wreath over Alexander Yannai inscriptions
R: Cornucopiae overstruck on s/a/a ΛΕ seen at 7 & 8 o’clock from prior coin.
Ex: Copper Penny/Ancient Byways
SG 5853 v
O: laur hd of Zeus rt.
R: Zeus std left. [ANTI]OXEΩ[N]/THΣ/MHTPOΠOΛEΩΣ
In ex. ΑΛΣ = Seleucid era year of 231 equivalent to BCE 82-81
Ex: Amphora/D. Hendin
O: Head of nymph Euboeia right
R: EY, head of bull right facing slightly left, fillets hanging from horns; lyre right.
Wallace 113, fourth specimen (dies L/58; this coin); BCD 17.
Dealer's notes: Good VF, toned, reverse double struck.
EX: Euboea circa 1952 Hoard (IGCH 164)
EX: William P. Wallace Collection (Professor of Classics, University of Toronto)
EX: BCD Collection (not in Lanz catalog)
EX : CNG EA 117 :11 (29 June 2005)
EX : Y. Mishriki/Sphinx Numismatics (Canada)
Acquisition : 2007
IGCH 164 notes that the hoard was deposited c. BCE 250 and that the contents were 66+ silver coins, consisting of Euboean League Drachms. Disposition was to a private collection in Athens.
Source is noted as W.P. Wallace, The Euboian League and Its Coinage, NNM 134. New York (1956), p. 53, no. 5.
Wallace writes the following:
"5. Hoard in private possession in Athens in 1952. 66+ AR.
All in the lot shown to me were Euboian League drachms:
4-no symbol, including Wallace EL 252 and 254
21-kantharos, including Wallace EL 251
21-lyre, including Wallace 249 and 253
9-satyr's head, including Wallace EL 250 and 255
Two of these coins did not come from the hoard, but which two was uncertain. No information was available about date or place of finding. I was able to weigh and examine these coins (which had apparently been cleaned, but were in good condition) and to observe that those without symbol seemed somewhat more worn than those with the grapes symbol; both of these were more worn than those with the kantharos, lyre, or satyr's head, the distinction between which was not clear; and those with the dolphin were the least worn. The coins are all entered in the catalogue."
On page 101, Wallace writes "...a very high percentage of those struck from the later dies (as numbered here) are double struck, some so slightly that it is not easily noticed except with a glass, but many very badly double-struck (e.g., no. 113 on Plate X) . It almost looks as if, for some reason, less competent workmen used the later (?) dies, and struck far fewer coins with them, much less well."
According to Sear, Eretria (became the capital and mint of the Euboian League, formed in 411 BC), Greek Coins & Their Values, Vol. 1(1978), p. 231. That was according to Wallace it's initial formation.
Map showing location of Euboia/Euboea as well as Eretria.
Obv: ΣΙ, Chimaera standing left.
Rev: Dove flying left; И (retrograde N) O behind.
References: SNG Copenhagen 59; BCD Peloponnesos 301.3 variety,
Coin Hoards III (1977), fig. 10, no. 11 (This coin).
Ex: Talanta Hoard 1948 (IGCH 132)
Ex. BCD Collection
Ex: ANE/Svetolik Kovačević
Dealer Notes: Good VF, toned. Looks much better in hand.
ICGH 132 notes that the Talanta Hoard was found near Monemvasia, Laconia, Greece in 1948 or earlier. Talanta is inland approximately 10 KM WSW of Monemvasia.
It also notes that Burial was early 3rd century BCE, CNG notes c. BCE 280.
Contents of the hoard consisted of 31 Silver coins.
Alexander III – 1 drachm
Lysimachus- 1 drachm (Colophon)
Boeotia: 1 drachm (this was recently sold by CNG in EA 166:20 on 13 June 2007 for $396 it was Ex:BCD as well and dated from c. 304-294 BCE) as illustrated to rt:
Aegina- 1 drachm
Sicyon- 1 triobol (this coin as illustrated above)
Disposition as noted in 1973 was as follows: Athens 6 as listed; private collection ( Presumably BCD since two of the coins [one from an auction, one from sale] were noted as belonging to him), Athens, some.
There is a reference noted : Varoucha Bulletin de Correspondance Hellenique 1949:520
From the BCH 1949, Vol. 73, page 520 http://cefael.efa.gr/result.php?site_id=1&serie_id=BCH
Chronique de Fouilles et découvertes archaéologique en Grèce en 1948 (pp.519 ff)
Musée numismatique—Les principales acquisitions signalées par Mme. Varoukha sont:
b. Six pieces d’argent (une drachme d’Alexandre, une drachme de Lysimaque, trois drachmes de Béotie, une drachme d’Égine, une drachme de Sicyone), faisant partie d’un lot de 31 pièces provenant du village de Talanta près Monemvasie et entré également dans la collection Kyriakis;
[Translation from French by JG:
Chronicle of Archaeological Excavations and discoveries in Greece in 1948 (pp.519 ff)
Museums of Athens:
Numismatic Museum (http://www.nma.gr/): The principal acquisitions announced by Madame Varoukha are:
Six silver coins (one drachma of Alexander, one drachma of Lysimachus, three drachmas of Beotia, one drachma of Aegina, one drachma of Sicyon), forming part of a lot of 31 pieces coming from the village from Talanta near Monemvasia and also entered the Kyriakis collection.]
In Coin Hoards III (RNS 1977, p. 28) it states the following about the Talanta Hoard, 1948 (IGCH 132)
Aegina dr. 13
Sicyon dr. 6
Macedonia Alexander III dr. 3
Philip III dr. 1
Thebes dr. 1
Disposition: in commerce. This is the section of the 'Talanta' Hoard formerly in a private collection. (illustration of this coin is taken from figure 10, p. 29.) This listing accounts for 24 of the 31 coins found in the hoard.