Greece/Seleucid; Demetrius II Nikator (first reign) BCE 146-138

AR Drachm 3.78 g, 16-17 mm, 12h, Probably minted at Seleucia in Pieria

SC 1927.1

HGC 982 (R2)

O: diad hd of Demetrios r, diadem ends falling straight behind, dotted border

R: ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY in two lines on right, NIKATOPOΣ on left, anchor flukes upward.

Control inner left Flower (rose or lily?)


Ex: WKR Collection


ROMAN/ Geta, as Caesar CE 198-209

AR Denarius, 17 x 19 mm, 2.33 g, 12h, Rome mint c. CE 203-208

RIC Geta 47 (R)
BMC p. 245 note 454 ("The denarius quoted by C.86 is very doubtful")
RSC 86

On 9 Oct. 1991 Curtis Clay (who is revising RIC for Septimius Severus and family) wrote to the prior owner stating that this example was only the second known example. The G. R. Arnold collection did not have one. (CNG sold an example in 2013 for $2,200).

O: P SEPTIMIVS GETA CAES, bare headed draped bust right

R; MINERVAE VICTRICI,  Minerva, helmeted, draped, advancing left, brandishing javelin in right hand and holding shield in left hand; at her feet, snake preceding her.

Ex: WE Collection
Ex: ANA Chicago 1991, London Coin Galleries (CA)


ROMAN/Titus CE 79-81

AR Denarius, 3.26 g, 19 mm, 6h., Roma mint, c. September to December CE 79
RSC 287a

BMC 23

RIC 41

R: Ceres seated left holding wheat ear and poppy in rt hand, lighted torch in left, TRP VIIII IMP XV COS VII PP

an example of this coin sold at Gemini X (2013)  lot 664 ex: Harry N. Sneh Collection. The note accompanying that example stated "Very rare with portrait left, a variant first reported in ASFN 1884, p. 175. RIC 41 cites another specimen from Boric-Breskovic's catalogue of the Belgrade collection; ours could be only the third recorded."

The example depicted here appears to be the fifth recorded.

The other four were the Gemini example, an example sold by CNG in 2012 and an example posted on Forum Ancient Coins Gallery that had been acquired from the French firm CGB in 2012 and a fairly worn example from the ANS OCRE site from the Museu de Prehistòria de València , that was part of the 1990's Llíria Hoard (http://nomisma.org/id/lliria_hoard).


ROMAN/Two Lugdunum (Lyon) Emissions of Probus CE 276-282

AE Antoninianus, 3.42 g, 21 mm, 12h, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, c. CE 277 3rd emission

RIC 37 bust 

RCV 11992

O: IMP C M AVR PROBVS AVG, radiate cuirassed bust right

R: MARS VICTOR/III, Mars advancing right, carrying trophy and spear

AE Antoninianus, 3.74 g, 22 mm, 6h, Lugdunum (Lyon) mint, c. CE 278-279

RIC 84 variety

RCV 11992




IRAN/Sasanian; Examples from a Hoard from the time of Yazdgard III in Kirman c. CE 642-645/6

The hoard has invariably been referred to as the "Silk Road Hoard" or the "Tokharistan Hoard" but was described in great detail in an article entitled "A Hoard from the time of Yazdgard III in Kirman" by Heidemann, Riederer & Weber ( Iran 52 (2014): 79-124). 

As these examples are studied further I will be updating their respective information. These are both drachms minted posthumously in the name of Khusro II (CE 590-628) and are thought to have been minted at a centralized mint of Yazdgard III sometime after the Battle of Qadisiyya and possibly just before the Battle of Nihavand during the early days of the Muslim conquest of the Sasanian Empire.

AR Drachm, 32 mm, 3.92 g, 9h, ShY (Shiz) mint, Yr. 37
Heidemann etal, Die 33 late=ShY 37A=0483, 26 examples noted.

AR Drachm, 32 mm, 4.1 g, 3h, ART (Ardashir Khurrah aka Jur or Gor mint), yr. 37
Heidemann etal, Die 15 = ART 37A=0082, 23 examples noted.

GREECE/Sicily; Himera c. BCE 415-409

AE Hemilitron; 15 mm, 2.76 g., 11h.

Kraay, Bronze, group b, 3
CNS 35
HGC 2, 479

O: Hd of nymph left six pellets before.
R: six pellets (Mark of Value) within wreath