Greece/Seleucid; Antiochus X Eusebes Philopator c. BCE 94-probably 88

AE 21 mm, 8.29 g., 12h, Unattributed Issue of Northern Syria, First reign, c. BCE 92/1?.

SC 2427A (to be included in an Addenda/Corrigenda of SC tentatively scheduled for pub in 2015)
please also refer to http://scaddenda.org/2014/10/07/scads42-antiochus-x-sc-2427a/ where it is listed by the new number and also as SCADS 43.

O: Diademed hd of Antiochus X r. with fringe of curly beard, diadem ends falling straight behind.
Dotted border.

R: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOV in two lines on r. EVΣEBOVΣ ΦΙΛOΠATOPOΣ in two lines on the l., pilei of Dioscuri, each diademed and surmounted by star. PK monogram C control.

Possible date in exergue AKC (SE 221=92/1 BCE)?  Other mark in ex ANI? possible other letters?

part of this inscription may refer to SE 221=BCE 92/1 which would be both interesting and intriguing

Acquisition: 2009


Greece/Armenia; Tigranes II ‘the Great’. 95-56 BCE

 Æ Half Chalkous (4.8 g, 18 mm, 12h). Tigranakert mint. Struck 69-55 BC.

M&D 44; CAA 101 corr.; AC 66

O:Draped bust right, wearing five-pointed Armenian tiara decorated with star between two eagles

R: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ BAΣΙΛΕΩN [TIΓPANOY], Herakles-Vahagn standing slightly left, holding club set on ground and lion skin; Δ-H across inner field.

The Δ-H controls appear on a tetradrachm of Antioch during his occupation of the Seleucid capital, so perhaps this coin may have also been struck during that time, since it shares the same controls...though the tet also has an M in the lower inner left.


Indo-Greek; Menander BCE 160-145

AR Drachm, 17 mm, 2.38g, -------- mint?

M. ---; Bopearachchi ----

OBS: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΟΤΗΡΟΥ MENANΔΡΟΥ Diad. Bust of Menander rt. Inscription around

REV: Kharoshthi legend “Menadrasa Maharajasa Tratarasa”


Athena left.


Greece/Seleucid; Demetrius II BCE 129-125

AE 17 mm, 5.97 g, 1h, Antioch mint BCE 129-128.

SC 2170.1g, SNG Spaer 2171

O: laureate hd of Zeus r., dotted border

R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY in two lines on the r., ΘEOY NIKATOPOΣ in two lines on l., Nike adv l., holding wreath and palm branch.

Controls: Ξ inner left, palm branch lower left


Greece/Ptolemaic Egypt; Ptolemy I Soter BCE 305-282

AE Hemiobol 15 mm, 4.2 g Tyre mint, Struck after 294 or 289/8 BCE

Svoronos 630 (Ptolemy II); Weiser -; SNG Copenhagen -; Cox, Excavations at Curium, ANSNNM 145, 73 (Ptolemy II); Lorber, “Ptolemaic Bronze Coinage of Tyre”, INJ 16, p. 14, 1

O: Diademed head of Alexander right

R: ΠΤΟΛΕΜΑΙΟΥ ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ Eagle standing left on thunderbolt, wings displayed; in left field, club and monogram ΠΑ


Bar-Kochba Treasure Chest Discovered in Judean Hills

Examples of coins found in this hoard (top 3 and bottom left are Bar Kokhba era, bottom center is a coin of Hadrian [Gaza?] and an aureus of Tiberius)

Here's the link: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/133354 or another with similar info (and less hyperbole):

Here is the J'lem Post's coverage: http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1251804529782

I would also post Ha'aretz' but their coverage was very poor and included horribly incorrect info such as the hoard included Roman gold coins "minted in Israel as well as throughout the Roman Empire." Perhaps the reporter needed space filler knowing that the average reader wouldn't fact check, just like the Ha'aretz editor.

Great pix of some of the coins found in situ and after cleaning (in the first article posted). Other than a couple statements verging on hyperbole, the article is generally OK, though it may be the largest find of the period found by archaeologists, not the largest if private finds are considered and one consults Mildenberg.

"Prof. Frumkin pointed out the significance of the particular cave, near the site of ancient Beitar, which was the site of the “last stand” of the rebels led by Bar-Kochba in their struggle against Roman rule in Judea from 132-35 CE. "


Greece/Seleucid; Antiochus VII Sidetes BCE 138-129

AR Tetradrachm, 30 mm, 16.74 g, Antioch mint.

SC 2061.1m, SMA 275

O: diad., hd of Antiochus VII r., diadem ends falling straight behind, fillet border.

R: BAΣΙΛEΩΣ ANTIOXOV in two lines on r., EVEPΓETOV on l., Athena stg l resting l hand on grounded shield and extending r beyond royal epithet, where she supports Nike l. extending wreath into border spear standing vertical behind her, laurel wreath border.

Primary control in monogram (outer l above): ΔΙ
Secondary controls (outer l below): AI

Greece/Seleucid; Alexander II Zabinas BCE 128-122

AR Drachm, 15 mm, 4.14 g, Antioch mint

SC 2221.3a, SMA 342, CSE 306

O: diad hd of Alexander II r., diadem ends falling straight behind, dotted border.
R: BAΣΙΛEΩΣ on r., AΛEΞANΔPOY on l., filleted double cornucopiae oriented to r.

Primary control in mongram of HΔP inner l. above.
Secondary control inner l., below: Δ


Greece/Seleucid; Seleucus VI Epiphanes Nicator BCE c. 96-94

AR Hemidrachm, 13.9 mm, 1.741 g, Antioch mint, BCE 95-94

SC 2419, CSE 376 (obs die link with this coin)

O: diademed hd of Seleucus VI r, with short curly beard, diadem ends falling straight behind dotted border.

R: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΣΕΛΕVΚOV in two lines on r., NIKATOPOΣ in two lines on l., filleted double cornucopiae, oriented to r.

Primary control (outer l.): PK monogram above A
Secondary control (between fillet and cornucopiae tip): C

It appears that SC is incorrect in referencing SC 2419 with CSE 367, when 367 is clearly SC 2420 and the coin illustrated for SC 2419 in the SC plates is actually CSE 376.

Greece/Seleucid; Antiochus VI Dionysus BCE 144-142

AE 19 mm, 4.32 g., Marisa (Maresha) mint

SC 2028.1, SNG Spaer 2111v, CSE 830, Babelon 700

O: laureate hd of Apollo r., hair knotted at back, wavy locks escaping down neck, dotted border.

R: [ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ] on r., ANTIOXOY on l., Tyche stg r., in profile, extending r. hand with phiale(?) and holding cornucopiae over shoulder, dotted border.

Controls (inner l.):

Ex: Ira Ettinger Collection