E-Auction 34

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    E34, Lot 5:

    UNITED STATES. AV half eagle. 8.21 gm. 22 mm. Classic head. 1838. No motto above eagle. Very Fine.

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    E34, Lot 6:

    UNITED STATES. AV half eagle. 8.34 gm. 22 mm. Liberty head. San Francisco mint. 1901 S. Good Extremely Fine; lustrous, "baggy"

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    Patron of doctors - Rare
    E34, Lot 17:

    PELOPONNESOS. ARGOLIS. Epidauros. Circa late 280-260 B.C. AR hemidrachm. 2.64 gm. 15 mm. Laureate head of Asklepios left / EP monogram within wreath. SNG Copenhagen 116. BCD Peloponnesos 1232-1233 (same dies). Very Fine; bold realistic portrait, well centered; attractive old cabinet tone. Most pleasing for issue. Interesting four-point star countermark or punch on reverse. Rare.

    Ex BCD.

    Prior to the Epidaurus Hoard found in the late 1970s (Coin Hoards VIII, 298), drachms and hemidrachms of Epidaurus were extremely rare, with many great collections lacking even a single piece. Most of the BCD pieces come from this hoard, as have virtually all other pieces appearing on the market in the last 30 years. (Ref. LHS 96:1226 note.) Prices have come down as a result, a temporary situation.

    The early Hellenistic coinage of Epidaurus is a very small issue and extremely rare. Epidaurus, a small city in ancient Greece on the Argolis Peninsula, is considered the birthplace of Asklepios, the god of healing. Just south of the city sat the Asklepieion, a massive healing center, sanctuary, temple, hotel and theatre, and the site of Panhellenic games. Their ruins remain a popular tourist destination, and in fact the theater, noted for its symmetry, beauty, and exceptional acoustics, is perfectly preserved and still in use today.

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    E34, Lot 32:

    MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Pseudo-autonomous issue, temp. Gordian III or Philip I. A.D. 238-249. Æ. 14.1 gm. 26 mm. Beroea mint. Dated year 275 of the Actian Era (A.D. 244). Head of Alexander the Great right, wearing crested Attic helmet with griffin on bowl; AΛEΞANΔPOY / Lion advancing right; above, club to left and EOC (date); KOINON MAKEΔONΩN B NEΩK. AMNG 852. Good Very Fine; bold compelling portrait of Alexander; well centered and appealing reverse type showing lion and club; smooth green patina.

    The Koinon of the Macedonians was a confederation of Macedonian cities under a central government or king (or, under Roman rule, the Roman emperor). Rooted in the Hellenistic period, this central administration handled diplomatic issues both between member city-states and with foreign bodies. Coins issued in the name of the 'Macedonians' first appear during the reigns of Philip V and Perseus, and continued to appear under Roman rule. The Romans reorganized the Koinon around the imperial cult and put members of the local elite in charge. They organized and financed festivals and games, and were awarded Roman citizenship in return. The iconography of the Koinon issues (Alexander the Great, the Macedonian shield, and so on) reflect a powerful ethnic and civic identity that, as it was no longer a threat to Roman control, was allowed to flourish. (Howgego, Christopher; Heuchert, Volker; Burnett, Andrew, Coinage and Identity in the Roman Provinces. 2005.)

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    Brilliant strike
    E34, Lot 50:

    Julian II. As Caesar, A.D. 355-360. AR reduced siliqua. 1.96 gm. 16 mm. Arelate (Arles) mint, 3rd officina. His bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right; D N IVLIANVS NOB CAES / VOTIS | V | MVLTIS | X within wreath with large central jewel; TCON below. RIC VIII 264. RSC 154b. Near Extremely Fine; fresh coin with exceptional iridescent toning; wonderful style portrait; particularly well centered on flan; striations in the obverse field from the die. Beautiful siliqua.

    From an old European collection.

    Julian II was a nephew of Constantine the Great and narrowly escaped execution during the blood bath of the extended family that followed the death of Constantine. He was a gifted military commander and successfully campaigned against the barbarian invaders of his province, Gaul. His troops proclaimed him Augustus, but after two years of sole rule of the Empire, he was killed in battle against the Persians. Julian was a great scholar, with many writings still extant. As a proponent of the old pagan religion, he was stigmatized by Church historians of the period as “the Apostate,” but probably more justly he is also known as “the Philosopher.” The marvelous coin we offer here has a brilliant strike, with iridescent toning, and a superb portrait. It came to us from an old European collection put together in the 1950’s.

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    Extremely rare young Mary
    E34, Lot 90:

    SCOTLAND. Mary Stuart. 1542-1567. AR testoon. 4.33 gm. 30 mm. First period, 1542-1558. Before marriage. 1553. Her young (11 year old) crowned bust right; ★ MARIA • DEI • GRATIA • SCOTORVM around (small O) / Crowned shield, cinquefoil to either side; DA PACEM DOMINE 1553. S. 5401. Burns II, p 270: 1. Pl. LVII, fig. 780. St. 166. Murray (1968 BNJ) Obv C. Rev. 4 (probably). Worn, minor bends, recognizable features, name and date clear and better than many of this extremely rare issue. Extremely rare.

    Murray noted "18 known." Patrick Finn thought 21. In any event, it is an extremely rare and historic type and the majority are in seriously worn condition including one of the three in the National Museum in Edinburgh. The other two Edinburgh pieces would be "good Fine" at best. Until Spink in 1981 reported "a previously unrecorded specimen" the Murdoch—Lockett example was the "finest known." Collector Geoffrey Cope owned the Spink piece and it was featured on his petitioncrown website (no longer operating). The Dundee piece (1976) was little better than the piece offered here; the Cochran-Patrick (1936) example was  better but much of the facial detail was missing; Parsons (1954) was a bit worse than this piece. The Spink Standard Catalog shows the LaRiviere piece, probably the third best known. Several serious Scottish collections lacked the piece entirely.



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