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The E-Sylum: Volume 25, Number 37, September 11, 2022, Article 23


Here's the press release for Classical Numismatic Group's Auction 121, closing October 6-8, 2022. -Editor

  Cleopatra & Antony Coin Highlights CNG 121

CNG E-Sylum Ad Auction 121 A remarkable double-portrait coin of the famous lovers Cleopatra and Mark Antony, a spectacular gold stater of Pantikapion, and a splendid gold Triple Unite of King Charles I of England are among the highlights of Classical Numismatic Group's Feature Auction 121, closing October 6-8 on the firm's website,

With 1,441 Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine, World and British coins at estimates totaling nearly $3.5 million, Feature Auction 121 is one of the CNG's impressive offerings ever, according to Michael Gasvoda, Managing Director. Aside from our annual Triton auctions held in conjunction with the January New York International Numismatic Convention, this is the strongest Feature Auction we've had in CNG's nearly five-decade history, Gasvoda said. We are very thankful to our consignors for making CNG 121 such an outstanding auction. With the market for exceptional coins running strong, I am sure the response from our bidding clientele will be as fantastic as the offering.

  696_1 Cleopatra and Mark Antony silver tetradrachm

The Cleopatra and Mark Antony coin, a silver tetradrachm minted in 36 BC at the city of Antioch in Syria, bears two astonishingly lifelike portraits of the famous couple on opposite sides. Every detail of Cleopatra's elaborate hairdo, her jewelry, the determined look in her eye – all are sharply rendered. Antony has a prizefighter's profile and a surprisingly modern-looking haircut. The coin, lot 696, carries an estimate of $50,000.

To read the complete lot description, see:
SELEUCIS and PIERIA, Antioch. Mark Antony & Cleopatra VII of Egypt. 36 BC. AR Tetradrachm. EF. (

  283_1 Pantikapaion gold stater

The Pantikapaion gold stater, minted circa 340-325 BC at a Greek trading city on the Black Sea, boasts a stunning portrait of the god Pan wearing a wreath of ivy on the obverse and a winged griffin bearing a spear in its mouth on the reverse. Widely regarded as one of the most beautiful Greek gold coins ever struck, the stater is graded Mint State 5/5 Strike, 4/5 Surface by Numismatic Guaranty Corporation and carries an estimate of $75,000.

To read the complete lot description, see:
CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS, Pantikapaion. Circa 340-325 BC. AV Stater. NGC photo certification 6556103-001, graded MS, Strike: 5/5, Surface: 4/5. (

  1352_1 Charles I Triple Unite

The Triple Unite of Charles I, minted in Oxford in 1643 at the height of the English Civil War, is an impressively large gold piece 44 millimeters in diameter and weighing 26.62 grams. The obverse bears a crowned half-length bust bearing a sword and a laurel branch, while the reverse bears a Latin legend declaring the king's support for the Protestant religion, the laws of England and the liberty of Parliament. Graded AU 50 by NGC, the Triple Unite boasts a long auction pedigree back to the D. Mitchell Collection auction by Glendinings in 1949. It carries an estimate of $50,000:

To read the complete lot description, see:
STUART. Charles I. 1625-1649. AV Triple Unite. Declaration type. Oxford mint; im: plume. Dated 1643. In NGC encapsulation 6455574-001, graded AU 50. (

Other auction highlights in CNG Feature Auction 121 include:

  129_1 Dionysios I Dekadrachm

Beautiful silver decadrachm of Syracuse signed by Euainetos

To read the complete lot description, see:
SICILY, Syracuse. Dionysios I. 405-367 BC. AR Dekadrachm. Reverse Signed by Euainetos. Struck circa 405-390 BC. Near EF. (

  152_1 Carthage gold trihemistater

Striking gold trihemistater of Carthage:

To read the complete lot description, see:
CARTHAGE. Circa 270-264 BC. AV 1½ Shekels – Tridrachm. Carthage mint. EF. (

  590_1 Ptolemy IV gold mnaieion

Rare gold mnaieion of the Egyptian King Ptolemy IV:

To read the complete lot description, see:
PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy IV Philopator. 222-205/4 BC. AV Mnaieion – ‘Oktadrachm'. Alexandreia mint. Struck circa 210-205/4 BC. Good VF. (

  804_1 Galba gold aureus

Rare gold aureus of the short-reigning Roman Emperor Galba, minted in Spain:

To read the complete lot description, see:
Galba. AD 68-69. AV Aureus. Uncertain Spanish mint (Tarraco?). Struck circa April-late AD 68. Good VF. (

  947_1 Maximian gold aurius

Attractive gold aureus of the Roman Emperor Maximian:

To read the complete lot description, see:
Maximianus. First reign, AD 286-305. AV Aureus. Rome mint. Struck AD 295-305. In NGC encapsulation 4936351-001, graded Ch AU, Strike: 5/5, Surface: 4/5. (

  1254_1 Queen Cynethryth silver penny

Rare silver penny of the Anglo-Saxon Queen Cynethryth, wife of Offa:

To read the complete lot description, see:
ANGLO-SAXON, Kings of Mercia. Cynethryth. Wife of Offa, 757-796. AR Penny. Light coinage, portrait type. Canterbury mint; Eoba, moneyer. Struck 784/5. Good VF. (

  1337_1 Elizabeth I gold pound

Impressive gold pound of the great Tudor Queen Elizabeth I of England

To read the complete lot description, see:
TUDOR. Elizabeth I. 1558-1603. AV Pound. Sixth issue, crown gold. Tower (London) mint; im: tun. Struck 1592-1595. EF. (

Pre-bids on all coins in CNG 121 may be placed via the company's website, The live auction will commence at 9 am EDT on Thursday, October 6, with sessions continuing through Saturday, October 8, and can be followed via CNG's Auction Mobility platform on the website. To receive a printed copy of the full-color catalog and a detailed schedule, contact Classical Numismatic Group LLC at, or call (717) 390-9194.

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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