Category: numismatics

Medieval cross pendant, silver coins and weap…

Medieval cross pendant, silver coins and weapons. Russia XIV – XV century.

Medieval cross pendant, silver coins and weap…

Medieval cross pendant, silver coins and weapons. Russia XIV – XV century.

Treasure of Russian silver coins of the 16th …

Treasure of Russian silver coins of the 16th century.

Treasure of Russian silver coins of the 16th …

Treasure of Russian silver coins of the 16th century.

Regular

Medieval Russian silver coins, small icon, crosses, rings and amulet. 14-15 cc.

Regular

Medieval Russian silver coins, small icon, crosses, rings and amulet. 14-15 cc.

Antique Gold Coins of the Smithsonian Museum

Antique Gold Coins of the Smithsonian Museum

Rare Gold Drachm from Thasos, C. 380 BC

Rare Gold Drachm from Thasos, C. 380 BC

The obverse has the image Dionysos wearing an ivy-wreath and the reverse has the inscription ΘAΣION behind Herakles, who’s wearing a lion’s skin headdress, kneeling and shooting an arrow, a K is inscribed on the right, all within a linear square within an incuse square. This rare coin sold at auction for around 82,500 USD.

Thasos is an island off the ancient Thracian coast in the northern Agean Sea. The island was important in wine trade and also controlled rich gold and silver mines on the mainland. It was colonized at an early date by Phoenicians who founded a temple to the god Melqart, whom the Greeks identified as “Tyrian Heracles.” The temple still existed in the time of Herodotus.

Rare Gold Drachm from Thasos, C. 380 BC

Rare Gold Drachm from Thasos, C. 380 BC

The obverse has the image Dionysos wearing an ivy-wreath and the reverse has the inscription ΘAΣION behind Herakles, who’s wearing a lion’s skin headdress, kneeling and shooting an arrow, a K is inscribed on the right, all within a linear square within an incuse square. This rare coin sold at auction for around 82,500 USD.

Thasos is an island off the ancient Thracian coast in the northern Agean Sea. The island was important in wine trade and also controlled rich gold and silver mines on the mainland. It was colonized at an early date by Phoenicians who founded a temple to the god Melqart, whom the Greeks identified as “Tyrian Heracles.” The temple still existed in the time of Herodotus.

Extremely Rare Hekte with Helios & Horses,…

Extremely Rare Hekte with Helios & Horses, C. 410 BC

An electrum hekte from Kyzikos, Mysia with a naked Helios kneeling while holding two horses by their bridles; a tunny fish, the civic badge of Kyzikos, is below them while the reverse side is a quadripartite incuse square. Extremely fine and extremely rare, almost certainly the finest known.  

The engravers of the Kyzicene coinage drew their ideas from numerous sources, both local and foreign.  Here, the inter-connected mythological relationships of Helios to Apollo; and Apollo as father to the city-founder Kyzikos point to an indigenous origin. The symmetrically balanced composition of the sun-god Helios flanked by the horses’ foreparts must have been sculptural in inspiration and it has been suggested that since the composition on the obverse is perfectly square that it was copied from a metope of a temple. Although full staters bearing this composition exist in some numbers, the hektes are exceedingly rare.