Greece/Seleucid; Alexander I Balas BCE 152-145

AE 21 mm Serrated with central cavities, 8.56 g, Unattributed Bronze Issue, Probably North Syrian

SC 1818, cf. SNG Spaer 1433-34

O: Diademed hd of Alexander r., diadem ends falling straight behind, dotted border.

R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ, on r., AΛEΞANΔPOY on l., Zeus aetophorus enthroned l. holding eagle and sceptre

Symbol (as ground line) Horizontal Anchor with flukes on the r.

Ex: G. Freeman (TX)
Acquisition: 2008
Tantalus ID#35531

Greece/Macedon; Alexander III BCE 336-323

AE 13 mm, 2.20 g, 6h. uncertain mint

O: Herakles in lion skin headress r.

R: [AΛ]EΞANΔPO[Y] between club above and mostly off flan, and gorytos below. No visible control/mint marks.

Acquisition: 2008


Greece/Seleucid; Seleucus I Nicator BCE 312-281

AE 15 mm, 2.53 g, Antioch mint, circa late 280’s BCE
SC 22.2 variety (caduceus in oblong square countermark not noted in SC I p. 21, for this variety)

O: winged hd of Medusa r., dotted border.

R: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ above, ΣEΛEYKOY below, bull butting r., dotted border. Control Pi-A above royal title. Caduceus c/m at 6 o’clock beneath bull.

Ex: Prof. Carl DeVries (1921-2010) Collection, Egyptologist Univ. Chicago
Acquisition: 2008

In SC I V II, p. 50 it is noted for C/M 16 "Caduceus" that SC 22.2 is not noted among the c/m issues, though the c/m is described as "caduceus in elongated rectangular punch...Reverse, beneath bull" as is noted with this issue. As for the locale where the c/m was applied the following is stated: "Either applied at Europus (Dura), or applied at Antioch to identify a batch of coins consigned to Dura."

This may be supported by the fact that the coin was in fairly good condition when the c/m was applied therefore indicating that the coin could have had the c/m applied while still at the mint or shortly after being delivered to it's destination from the mint.


Greece/Seleucid; Seleucus I Nicator BCE 312-281

AE 23 mm, 9.56 g, Antioch mint, circa BCE 300-295

O: laureate hd of Apollo r, with wavy locks on back of neck, dotted border.

R: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ on r., ΣEΛEYKOY on l., Athena Promachos in Corinthian helmet stg r., brandishing spear and shield, dotted border. Seleucid symbol, inner right, Anchor, flukes upward.

SC 15.1, SNG Spaer 3-5 v, CSE 1, 2 v., CSE 2, 8 v., WSM 911

Ex: Failla Numismatics Stock #ED9
Ex: Aegean Numismatics Stock#0607163
Ex: CNG EA 166 (13 June 2007) portion of lot 249

Acquisition: 2008
Tantalus ID#35532


Greece/Seleucid; Demetrius II Nicator Second Reign BCE 129-126/5

AR Drachm, 17mm, 4.10g., 1 h., Antioch mint, likely minted in late Spring of BCE 129 to Spring BCE 128.

SC 2167b, De Clercq 203; Paris R2254, SNG Spaer 2163-4 var., (same obv. die, different monogram), SMA--, Babelon 1221=De Luynes 3394 var., (same obv. die, different monogram); BMC Seleucid--, CSE---.

O: diad hd of Demetrius r., bearded, with hair combed smooth on crown of hd, diad ends falling straight behind, fillet border.

R: BAΣΙΛΕ[ΩΣ] ΔΗMHTPIO[Y ]in two lines on r., ΘEOY NIKATOP[OΣ] in two lines on the l., Zeus enthroned l resting on sceptre and holding Nike inside inscription, facing r., offering wreath to Zeus. Controls in ex., primary on the left Ξ, then AM (?) to r.

This coin is the plate coin for SC 2167b in SC II found in Plate 40 though is incorrectly identified as De Clercq 203, when in fact it is not. De Clercq 203 can be viewed at this link at the BNF as it remains in the BNF collection and the example noted above is superior to the BNF examples.

Ex: Sayles & Lavender
Ex: CNG EA 107:92 (2005)
Ex: Jean Elsen 73:127 (2003) The Elsen Auction description and information follows:
"D/ Tête barbue et diadémée à d. R/ [Légende en grec] Zeus trônant à g., tenant une petite Niké et un long sceptre. A l'exergue, [lettres grecques]. Quality: about Very Fine. Estimate: 200 euro. Sold at 220 euro + 18% buyer's fee." (email from R. Dus at Elsen 01-2009)

cf. Schwei, D. "The Reactions of Mint Workers to the Tumultuous Second Reign of Demetrius II Nicator" AJN Second Series 28 (2016) pp. 65-104.

This coin catalogued on page 90 under the Antioch Drachms as #7 (dies a1/p6)

CNG noted that this coin was "Rare" as well as the following:

"Newell, in SMA, analyzed the coinage of Demetrios' second reign at Antioch: It was a large, but short, issue probably struck to fund his military campaign to help Cleopatra II take Egypt from Ptolemy VIII. After Demetrios departed, however, Antioch revolted, allowing an Egyptian army to enter and install Alexander II Zebina as king. Unable to regain the northern part of his kingdom, Demetrios was murdered in Tyre. The fact that this issue shares the same obverse die with a wide variety of reverse dies supports Newell's theory of a short, massive coinage."

cf. Newell, SMA pp. 83-84
cf. Bevan, THE HOUSE OF SELEUCUS, pp. 248-249 (v. II)

CNG was likely in error noting that it was struck circa "126/5 BC". Demetrius had vacated Antioch in BCE 128.

This is another example of the same coin likely from the same dies but certainly same reverse die since the die crack that extends from 10-12 o'clock on the upper left is apparent in the above example as it is in this example.

This example is Ex Superior sale 1988, 2032. From the Harlad Salvesen collection as well as Ex Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG Auction 106 lot 335 (09.05.2018)

Islamic/Ottoman Interregnum CE 1402-1413 (AH 806-816)

Mehmet I Çelebi b. Bayazit CE 1402-1421 with Timur as Suzerain
AR Akche, 15 mm, 1.17 g. Bursa mint, AH 806/CE 1403-1404
M. 1240, Nuri Pere 27

O: Shahada with struck at Brusa 806

R: Timur Khan Gurkan
Mehmet bin Bayezit Khan
Khalid malka

 Ex: Allen G. Berman
Acquisition: 1988

Cf. link to similar coin that went unsold at auction, the example above is nicer with a fuller strike and fuller inscriptions. http://www.coinarchives.com/w/lotviewer.php?LotID=618571&AucID=445&Lot=7199