Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Really Cool Coins

Pegasus - from Greek myth. From Thrace:

A silver coin which dates from 386-375 BC and depicts a powerful Griffin preparing to spring on the obverse with a nude image of the god Apollo carrying a laurel branch and patera and accompanied by a stag. Tetradrachm is offered at $7,500
A Gold octadrachm from the reign of Ptolemy II in Alexandria from 285-246 BC. The Veiled head of Arsinoe II facing right appears on the obverse, whilst a double cornucopia appears on the reverse. Very rare and $11,500.
Thrace - Tauric Chersonesus, Pantikapaion, (c.320 B.C.), gold stater, (9.13 gm), obv. head of bearded Pan to left, with animal ear, wearing ivy wreath, rev. horned griffin with curved wings standing to left on an ear of corn, right foreleg raised, head facing, holding spear in jaws. SOLD $33,000
Gold coin of Croesus - Croesus was the king of Lydia from 560 to 547 BC until his defeat by the Persians. In Greek and Persian cultures the name of Croesus became a synonym for a wealthy man. Croesus' wealth remained proverbial beyond classical antiquity: in English, expressions such as "rich as Croesus" or "richer than Croesus" are used to indicate great wealth to this day.
There are only about 50 known rolled edge 1907 Eagles, and this is one of only two known with satin proof surfaces and graded NGC Satin PR67. It brought $2.185 million in 2011.