Dealer Frank Robinson passed along this press release for his upcoming sale closing July 16, 2019. Following it are some selections from the sale
(and not all are ancients!). Bibliophiles, take note: lots 479-506 are numismatic literature. -Editor
Dealer Frank S. Robinson will conduct his 109th mail and internet auction of Ancient and Early Coins with a closing date of July 16. The sale will
include 506 lots, with low minimum bids, and bids to be reduced as competition permits. Robinson notes that reductions have averaged 15-25% in his
recent sales. There is no buyer fee.
Noteworthy among Greek coins in the sale are a classic Athenian "Owl" Tetradrachm in Choice EF, two rare early Elymais silver tetradrachms; an AEF
Aesillas Tetradrachm; a Metapontum double stater in VF; a rare Persis Tetradrachm of Autophradates II in EF; and good run of Parthian coins.
Roman highlights include a high grade Sestertius of Nero Claudius Drusus; an EF Caligula As; Denarii of Galba and Vitellius both grading AEF/VF; a
VF Paulina denarius; a VF Egyptian Tetradrachm of Macrianus; a Vabalathus antoninianus grading Choice EF, virtually as struck; and a Galerius
argenteus in Choice EF+.
The auction also includes Byzantine and other early coinages, group lots, literature, and a section of items offered at fixed prices
Robinson holds about three such sales annually, and tries to offer a broad range of material for advanced collectors as well as bargain hunters.
Catalogs are free; contact Robinson at Box 8600A, Albany, NY 12208; phone/fax 518-482-2639; e-mail email@example.com. The full catalog will be at his
Lot 115: PERSIS, Autophradates (Vadfradad) II
PERSIS, Autophradates (Vadfradad) II, 2nd cent BC, Tet, Head r wearing kyrbasia & diadem/
Fire temple betw king & standard, above half-figure of Ahura-Mazda; S6193, Alram 546;
EF, sl off-ctr, minor crudeness, good high-relief portrait, excellent metal with luster. Ex Triskeles as EF.
Four Persis kings struck Tetradrachms, all fairly rare, but this is actually much the rarest.
(GVFs brought $10,200, CNG 9/17; $7794, Leu 5/18.) Starting Bid $1800
Lot 130: SYRACUSE, Hemilitron
SYRACUSE, Æ16, Hemilitron, 410-405 BC, Arethusa head l, dolphin behind, engraver signature Phi-RY at back of sphendome/Wheel, dolphins in
lower quarters, S1186;
AEF, obv nrly centered, rev somewhat off-ctr with sl roughness; dark greenish patina; good detail on head.
Rare with signed obv die, and on this example the signature is unusually clear.
(An EF of the type, no signature, with encrustation, brought $1982, Roma 4/14; GVF, sl off-ctr, $863, CNG eAuc 5/15.)
Lot 148: THASOS, Stater
148 THASOS, Stater, 510-480 BC, ithyphallic satyr carrying struggling nymph
4-part square; S1746 (£425); Choice VF, well centered & struck, excellent archaic style in high relief.
Light mattelike tone. The all-important thing between satyr's legs is unusually clear. (A VF realized $4500, Peus 10/07.) Starting Bid
Lot 150: Tet Dionysos Head
150 Tet, after 148 BC, Dionysos hd r/Herakles stg l, M mono-gram, Choice AEF, well centered on broad flan, style perhaps just beginning to be
Celticized; excellent fresh metal with lt tone. Very nice.
(A GVF brought $1250, Davisson 11/12; NEF $6325 (yes), F&S 1/11.) Starting Bid $200
Lot 196: CALIGULA, As, VESTA
196 CALIGULA, As, VESTA std l; Choice EF, centered, full sharp lgnds, dark green patina with paler green hilighting; only a trace of roughness on
rev; superb portrait with exceptionally strong hair detail.
(Compare a GVF bringing $2000, Davisson 2/16; EF $9200, Triton 1/07.) Starting Bid $750
Lot 252: PLAUTILLA, Den, VENVS VICTRIX
252 PLAUTILLA, Den, VENVS VICTRIX, Venus stg l, with shield decorated with wolf & twins (rare variety); small figure of Cupid; F-VF, centered,
decent metal with lt tone, Venus head flatly struck, otherwise bold.
The design on shield unusually clear. My noticing it epitomizes the fun of the ancient coin game!
(An F-VF, no shield design, brought $67 on $81 bid in my 1/10 sale.) Starting Bid $40
Lot 438: PAPAL Medal Innocent XIII
438 PAPAL, Medal 1721, Innocent XIII accession, by Hamerani, 32 mm, Crowned bust r/ St. Michael drives Devil in seroent form out of Heaven; Choice
VF-EF, rich lustery chocolate brown surfaces.
Appears to me original. Start Bid $20
Lot 478: Bitcoin
478 Bitcoin. Value peaked over $20,000; now almost $4000. But for that you don't even actually get a coin.
In my auction you do: 40 mm, golden brass, dated 2018, CH BU. Start Bid $1
Lot 509: CELTIC Ring Money [Fixed Price]
509 CELTIC, Ring Money, BC, group of 5 varied sizes, generally with green patinas, each group for 16.95
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Wayne Homren, Editor
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