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The E-Sylum: Volume 22, Number 38, September 22, 2019, Article 18


Here's the press release for dealer Frank Robinson's latest sale. Bibliophiles note: there are several lots of literature in Part 5 (lots 460-494) -Editor

Dealer Frank S. Robinson will conduct his 110th mail and internet auction of Ancient and Early Coins with a closing date of October 29. The sale will include 494 lots, with low minimum bids, and bids to be reduced as competition permits. Robinson notes that reductions have averaged 15-20% in his recent sales. There is no buyer fee.

Noteworthy among Greek coins in the sale are two classic Athenian “Owl” Tetradrachm in Choice EF, two rare early Elymais silver tetradrachms; an archaic Kaulonia stater; a rare Persis Tetradrachm of Autophradates II in EF; and good run of Parthian coins.

Roman highlights include a VF Pompey denarius; an AEF denarius of Mark Antony and Octavian; a high grade Sestertius of Nero Claudius Drusus; a Denarius of Galba in VF; an EF Orbiana denarius; and a Choice EF Quietus

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 The full catalog will be at his website,

There's a nice selection of moderately-priced coins here. Here are some lots that caught my eye. -Editor

Lot 11: Greek, Athens Athena Head

Athens Athena Head obverse Athens Athena Head reverse

ATHENS, Tet, 449-413 BC, Athena head r/owl stg r, S2526; Choice Virtually Mint/EF, obv quite nicely centered with much of helmet crest present; rev nrly centered. Perfect fresh metal and well struck with the obv hair waves sharp. That's what I look for on these. Most of the numerous examples from recent hoard lack this.

Very nice! It's hard to find a piece so well centered and struck. -Editor

Lot 32: Ptolemy III

Ptolemy III obverse Ptolemy III reverse

Ptolemy III, Æ35, Zeus Ammon head r/Eagle l, Chi-Rho monogram betw legs, Choice VF+, centered & boldly struck, good smooth dark brown surfaces, excellent detail. (A VF realized $518, CNG 9/06.) Starting Bid $175

A classic style. I like the big, bold eagle. -Editor

Lot 38: Kamnaskires III & Queen Anzaze

Kamnaskires III & Queen Anzaze obverse Kamnaskires III & Queen Anzaze reverse

ELYMAIS, Kamnaskires III & Queen Anzaze, c. 82-80 BC, Ar Tet, Conjoined busts left, anchor behind/Zeus std l., lgnd around, S6171 (£1250); EF, well centered, rev typically crude with some planchet imperfections; obv beautiful with superb portrait quality. Rare. (A GVF with lt porosity & weak rev strike brought $4700, Triton 1/14.) Starting Bid $900

I like the conjoined busts. This pose is difficult to execute, but this one is done well. Nice coin. -Editor

Lot 125: Helios Head Didrachm

Helios Head Didrachm obverse Helios Head Didrachm reverse

Didrachm, c.340 BC, Helios head facg sl rt/Rose, grape bunch & E; VF, obv well centered, a little crudeness but good strong face; rev sl off-ctr but complete & bold; decent metal with accentuating tone. (This exact variety, GVF, brought $1430, CNG 9/01.) Starting Bid $170

Well described. A face made for radio. -Editor

Lot 219: Antoninus Pius Denarius

Antoninus Pius Denarius obverse Antoninus Pius Denarius reverse

ANTONINUS PIUS, Den, COS IIII, Annona stg l, to right modius on prow; Choice EF, practically as struck, nrly centered with full lgnds, sharply struck with rev much stronger than usual, superbly detailed portrait; excellent metal with rich toning. Did I puff this up enough? (A Superb EF brought $748, CNG 5/12.) Starting Bid $120

Puff away, Frank! -Editor

Lot 405: 1722 George I Farthing

George I, Farthing obverse George I, Farthing reverse

George I, Farthing 1722, Large Letters, Peck 824 (Rare); AEF, well struck, good chocolate brown surfaces, lustery on rev. Quite a few moderate obv scrs; however, this is still far above average condition. Spink EF £725. Ex my collection. (Compare a GF bringing $147, Baldwin's 5/06.) Starting Bid $50

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