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    AS38, Lot 64:

    MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Pseudo-autonomous issue, temp. Gordian III. A.D. 238-244. Æ. 13.57 gm. 25 mm. Beroea mint. Dated year 275 (A.D. 244). Head of Alexander the Great right, wearing crested Attic helmet with griffin on bowl; AΛEΞANΔPOY / Alexander the Great on horseback right, brandishing spear; EOC (date) below, KOINON MAKEΔONΩN B NEΩKOP. AMNG 850. Good Very Fine; dark green and brown patina.

    Bucephalus or Bucephalas ("ox-head") was the horse of Alexander the Great, and one of the most famous horses of antiquity. Ancient accounts state that Bucephalus died after the Battle of the Hydaspes in 326 BC, in what is now modern Punjab Province of Pakistan, and is buried in Jalalpur Sharif outside Jhelum, Punjab, Pakistan.

    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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    Unique Pattern Groat - Ex Carlyon-Britton

    AS37, Lot 143:

    Henry VIII. 1509-1547. AR groat (Unique pattern; Tournai die). 2.82 gm. 26 mm. First Coinage. 1509-1526. London. Crowned portcullis over T / Crowned portcullis i.m (lis in reverse forks). Profile crowned bust of Henry VII right; pellet in field behind head; HENRIC VIII DI GRA REX AGL Z FR; saltire stops; struck from a die originally prepared for Tournai groat / Long cross over shield, lis in forks; POSVI | DEV' x A | DIVTOR | E MEV; double saltire stop between E & M. S. 2316. N. 1762. Stewartby p. 437 (iii). Whitton, p 207 (iii) var. Good Extremely Fine.

    Ex Carlyon-Britton. Tag by C.B. describing issue. He considers this a unique pattern.

    Cf. BNJ Vol XXVIII (1955-57), p. 203 for R. Carlyon-Britton on this issue.

    This piece illustrated on plate XIII accompanying Whitton's article in The British Numismatic Journal, 1950. Whitton notes "It may justly be called a trial piece."

    Ex Motcomb (Morton and Eden, 2016).

    Tournai, one of Belgium’s oldest cities, sits about fifty miles southwest of Brussels, its history reflecting the forces that flowed back and forth across Europe for centuries. For a while, it was claimed by Henry VIII. England captured it in 1513 in one in the series of Renaissance or Italian Wars. In 1518 the Treaty of London returned the city to French rule.

    During those few years of occupancy, English style groats with a Gothic T mintmark were issued at Tournai, though the dies were made at the Tower of London. Few have survived and decent examples show up infrequently.

    This group of three coins represents the changeover in coinage and proposed subsequent use of the dies. R. Carlyon-Britton, a major collector and scholar of British coins in the middle of the 20th century, published an article in the 1955-1957 analyzing the re-use of Tournai dies for English issues by overstriking the mintmarks with a portcullis.

    Carlyon-Britton considered one of the pieces listed here a pattern. The reverse has a lis in each of the forks and he considered it unique. Whitton agrees calling it “a trial piece.” Stewartby comments that the trefoils may have been to discriminate the Tournai issue from regular Tower issues.

    Carlyon-Britton notes that the other coin is known by only one or two other additional examples. Stewartby notes that these coins with an overstruck mintmark are “very rare” but does not address Carlyon-Britton’s numbers.

    Such definitive collections as Murdoch and Lockett did not have examples of these overstruck mintmark pieces.

    Lot 337 below: The English came back to Tournai beginning with a seventy day siege by the Duke of Marlborough in late June, 1709 during the War of Spanish Succession. The city issued an emergency square siege coinage with the image of Marechal de Surville, city commander.

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