Greek/Seleucid; Alexander I Balas BCE 152-144

AE 20 mm Serratus,  8.04g, Antioch mint,  c. BCE 147/6

SC 1793.4, CSE 195, HSC 900 (R1-2) 

O: Diademed hd of Alexander I r, dotted border.

R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ on r ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ on l. Athena stg l holding Nike and grounded shield, spear behind.   

Controls inner left monogram K above star and Δ

Anglo-Saxon England/Northumbria; Eanred CE 810-841

AR Styca ( mm,   g,  h).  Eoferwic (York) mint; Huaetred, moneyer. Struck 810-circa 830. 

North 186; SCBC 860.

O: + EANRED REX, short cross pattée 
R: + HVAETRE[D], short cross pattée.     

England; Plantagenet/Richard II CE 1377-1399

Halfpenny, intermediate style, London Mint, facing crowned bust within circle, rev. long cross pattee, trefoils of pellets in angles,  g., S.1699

GREECE/Seleucid; Antiochus VIII Grypus BCE 121/0-96

AR Tetradrachm, 30.43 mm, 16.47 g, Sidon mint  Year 197/BCE 116/5

 SC 2330.2, SNG Spaer 2577-78, HSC 1197g (R2), BMC 8, Babelon 1387-8

O: diad hd r, diad ends falling straight behind, fillet border.

R: BAΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY in two lines on rt EΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ on left, Zeus Uranios standing left, crescent above head, holding scepter in left hand, star above extended right hand, slightly double struck. Mintmark on outer left ΣΙΔΩ/IEP/AΣ, above control with date in ex. 

Pennies from the Collection of Andrew Wayne

PLANTAGENET. Henry III. 1216-1272. AR Pennies. All coins: Long cross type. Class Vc. Canterbury mint; Moneyers: Ion, Robert, and Willem. Struck 1251-1272. Crowned facing bust, holding scepter / Voided long cross pommée, with pellet at center and three pellets in angles. North 993; SCBC 1369. lightly toned, a few minor areas of flat strike, third struck slightly off center.  

From the Andrew Wayne Collection. Ex Dix, Noonan, Webb 69 (15 March 2006), lot 1343 (part of).

Ex CNG EA 279:889 (16-05-12)

PLANTAGENET. Edward II. 1307-1327. AR Penny (19mm, 1.34 g, 1h). Class XIa1. London mint. Struck circa late 1310-circa 1314. Crowned facing bust / Long cross pattée, with three pellets in angles. SCBI 39 (North), 768-71; North 1060/1; SCBC 1455.  

From the Andrew Wayne Collection (purchased privately from Mike Vosper, August 1997).

Ex CNG EA 279:950 (16-05-12)


Archaeologists Uncover Gold Treasure Near Herzliya (Israel)


I first visited Apollonia/Arsuf , 25 years ago and remember picking up small shards of polished emerald green glass in the surf that proved to be waste products from a Byzantine glass factory active in the 5th-8th centuries CE (or thereabouts). Also, climbing on the Crusader era breakers in the surf was fun as well. It would've been nice finding 101 gold coins, but better the archaeologists found it. I've been back to this beach area a few times since and hope that the Mosque of Sidna 'Ali is undergoing preservation work as well.

http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2012/07/10/gold-coins-from-time-crusades-found-in-israeli-ruins/?intcmp=features  update with great pix of the hoard and hoard in situ despite the numerous typos and the fact that it hails from Faux News.  The pix are the best part.


England; Henry III CE 1216-1272

AR Penny, 1.48 g, IIIb, Moneyer: Willem Mint: Oxford, c. CE 1248-1250
North 987, S. 1363
O: henricvs Rex III
R: WILLEM ON OXON  [William Sarsorius]

Regarding the moneyer, Charles Lewis Stainer writes in his Oxford Silver Pennies from AD 925-AD 1272, Vol. 46, p. xxvi (1904) "Of William Sarsorius I have not much information. He is evidently the same person as William Le Saucer, who was Mayor of Oxford about AD 1258-1259, and signs in that capacity to a deed (St. Aldate, 49) of the Hospital of St. John, now among the monuments of Magdalen College."

Islamic; Umayyad CE 661-750

Caliph 'Abdal-Malik  CE 685-705
AR Dirham, 2.74 g, Damascus mint AH 80 (CE 699-700)
W.353, Album 128


Byzantine; Justinian CE 527-565

AE 40 Nummia; 38 mm, 20.96 g, Constantinople mint, 3rd Officina, Anno XIII= CE 539-540
S. 163
R: see above.

Seleucid; Antiochus IV Epiphanes BCE 175-164

AR Tetradrachm; 22.5 x 29 mm, 16.88 g, Ake-Ptolemais mint c. BCE 167-164
SC 1476.2d, SNG Spaer 1154
O: diad hd of Antiochus IV r., fillet border, primary control behind head
R: [ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ A]NTIOXOY in two lines on r., ΘEO[Y E]ΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ [NI]KHΦOPOY in three lines on l, Zeus enthroned l, resting on sceptre and holding Nike who crowns him.

In ex. [--] AГ


Hoard of Roman coins found near Roman Baths in Bath



from the photos it appears that coins date prior to CE 270 which may be the date of deposition. The coins are Valerian, the Philips and Otacilia and Gordian III. It may be a typical mixed hoard from this period (inclusive of denarii) though the photo only depicts antoniniani from what I can see.


Lithuania under Sigismund I Jagiello CE 1506-1548

Sigismund I Jagiello CE 1506-1548

AR Half Gross, 1.03 g, 20 mm, minted in Vilnius 1512
Kopicki 3136
O: +moneta:sigismvndi:IZ: Knight "Vytis" mounted riding left with sword raised

R: +magni: Dvcis: LITVAnIe Polish Eagle


Greece; Seleucid, Demetrius II (1st Reign) BCE 146-138

AE 20 mm, 8.78 g, perhaps Nisibis mint

SC 1980 var.

O: diad. Hd of Demetrius II r, with short beard, fillet border
R: BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY in two lines on r, NIKATOPOΣ on l., Agathos Daimon and Agathe Tyche stg confronted, each wearing calathus and holding cornucopiae, holding hands.

Ex: J.S. Wagner Collection
Ex: CNG EA 236, portion Lot: 339 (07 July 2010)


Colonial Brazil

D. Pedro II of Portugal CE 1683-1706

AR 320 Reis (30mm, 9.65 g.), 1701 Pernambuco mint

KM 89.2

O: NATA-STAB-SVBQ-SIGN around with large P in center of globe

R: PETRVS II DG PORT REX ET BD around, to left of COA 320 and to left of crown 17 and to right 01.


Greece; Macedon, Alexander III BCE 336-323

AR Obol;  0.69 g, 9 mm, Ake mint c. BCE 326/5

Price 3253 var.

O: Hd of Herakles r. in lion skin

R: inscription off flan, Zeus Aeotophoros std l holding eagle. Phoenician inscription reading ‘AK with date possibly 21 =BCE 326/5


Greece/Seleucid; Antiochus VII Sidetes BCE 138-129 New Variety Tyrian Drachm

AR Drachm (Attic weight), 3.86 g, Tyre mint c. BCE 138-134 off flan

SC 2108.2 var, HSC 1080 L (R2-3, this example is likely R3), CSE 2:629 var, Newell Tyre ----, this variety otherwise unpublished.

O: diad hd of Antiochus VII r., some porosity

R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩ[Σ] ANTIOXOY in two lines on right, ΕΥ-EPΓETOY on l., Nike adv l holding wreath, Tyrian monogram TYP on club as mintmark and Σ inner right under wing as control. Date off flan but normally below Nike’s feet.

This control Σ is unrecorded in the sources for this type. It is published for the Phoenician Wt drachms where it appears between the eagle’s feet, therefore this example appears unpublished at present and possibly unique.