African and Asian Greek Coins For Sale

Western Asia Minor and Africa were the birthplace of coinage in the Mediterranean world. Whether it was the Lydians or their western neighbours, the Ionian Greeks, who produced the first coins, in electrum, we shall probably never know. But the former may have the stronger claim being the possessors of rich deposits of electrum, an alloy of gold and silver, which was the only metal used for coin production in its earliest stages. The Lydians later demonstrated their inventiveness in monetary matters by being the first to introduce a bimetallic currency consisting of coins struck in pure gold and silver instead of electrum, which was of uncertain intrinsic value. The Asiatic Greeks were slow in advancing to a silver based currency, a circumstance which, perhaps, militates against their being the inventors of coinage.

Greek Coins Main MenuGreek Coins Main Menu


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt

Ptolemy II, Philadelphos (285 BC - 246 BC.)

Son of Ptolemy I, he was co-ruler by his father two years before the latter’s death, thus ensuring a smooth succession. His long reign coincided with a period of growing prosperity for his kingdom. Alexandria, the capital city, was embellished with many splendid new buildings - the Pharos, the Museum and the Library being foremost. He was twice married: in circa 288 BC to Arsinoe I, daughter of Lysimachos of Thrace; about twelve years later to his own sister, Arsinoe II.
Ptolemy II Philadelphos 'Ptolemaic Eagle' Silvered Dichalkon 019819

Extremely Rare Ptolemy II Philadelphos 'Ptolemaic Eagle' Silvered Dichalkon
Debased silver, 9.50 grams, 23.16 mm. Telmessus, Asia Minor. 246-222 BC. Obverse: head of Zeus Ammon right with ram’s horn, wearing taenia. Reverse: PTOLEMAIOY BASILEWS, eagle standing left on thunderbolt, tripod in left field. Svoronos 793; Koln 80–81; cf Sear 7779 (control mark). Very fine and better.

more info
Ptolemy II Philadelphos 'Ptolemaic Eagle' Silvered Dichalkon 019819


Pamphylia

Civic Issue 'Nike' Tetradrachm 027542

Civic Issue 'Nike' Tetradrachm
Silver, 16.70 grams, 29.53 mm. Side, Pamphylia. 205-190 BC. Obverse: helmeted head of Athena right, countermark: anchor. Reverse: KL-E, Nike walking left, holding wreath; pomegranate in left field. SNG Berry 1237; SNG von Aulock 4800-4801; Sear Greek 5432-5434 var (magistrate's name). Near extremely fine.
£450.00

more info

Civic Issue 'Nike' Tetradrachm 027542


Aspendos

Aspendos was an important port and naval base. It seems to have preferred Persian rule, despite its Greek origins, and even offered resistance to Alexander on his advance through Asia minor. It was included within the dominions of the Pergamene Kings from 189 BC to 133 BC.

Selge 'Winged Thunderbolt' AE14 019352

Selge 'Winged Thunderbolt' AE14
Bronze, 2.79 grams, 13.60 mm. Selge, Pisidia. Circa 2nd-1st century BC. Obverse: no legend, bearded bust of Herakles right, club over shoulder. Reverse: S-E, winged thunderbolt, bow to right. Mionnet 184; BMC 47-48; SNG Cop 263; Lindgren 1353; cf Sear 5491. Good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£50.00

more info

Selge 'Winged Thunderbolt' AE14 019352
Selge 'Stag' AE15 019351

Selge 'Stag' AE15
Bronze, 2.82 grams, 14.54 mm. Selge, Pisidia. Circa 2nd-1st century BC. Obverse: no legend, bearded bust of Herakles facing, wearing lion's skin headdress and holding club over shoulder. Reverse: SE-L, forepart of stag right, head reverted; K below. BMC 43; SNG France III, 1965; Waddington 3941; cf Sear 5489. Good very fine.
£49.00

more info

Selge 'Stag' AE15 019351


Phoenicia

Civic Coinage 'Early Athena' Gold Hekte 025720

Civic Coinage 'Early Athena' Gold Hekte
Electrum/Gold, 2.50 grams, 10.31 mm. Phocaea, Ionia. ca. 400-390 BC. Obverse: no legend, head of Athena left, wearing crested Attic helmet, decorated with griffon sitting left; beneath the truncation of neck, seal left. Reverse: quadripartite incuse square. BMC 48; Bodenstedt 159; Boston 1914; Sear Greece 4530. Good very fine.

more info
Civic Coinage 'Early Athena' Gold Hekte 025720


Arados (Late 5th - 1st century BC.)

An important city of Northern Phoenicia, Arados itself occupied an island; but it controlled an extensive area on the mainland.

Arados Autonomous coinage 007650

Arados Autonomous Coinage 'Tyche and Galley' AE20
Bronze, 7.38 grams; 20.11 mm. Arados, Phoenicia. 132-129 AD. Obverse: turreted bust of Tyche right. Reverse: Phoenician inscription and date, Poseidon, naked to waist, seated left on prow of galley left, holding wreath in extended right hand, left on trident; as figure-head, Athena left. Sear 6002; BMC 300-306. Very fine.

more info
Arados Autonomous coinage 007650


Western Asia Minor (Mysia, Troas, Ailis, Lydia and Caria)

Civic Issue 'Crab' AE11 019254

Rare Civic Issue 'Crab' AE11
Bronze, 0.93 grams, 11.01 mm. Priapos, Mysia. 300-200 BC. Obverse: laureate head of Apollo right. Reverse: A above, (PRIA below, off flan), crab. SNG von Aulock 7526; Klein 290. Very fine.
£110.00

more info

Civic Issue 'Crab' AE11 019254
Satraps of Cilicia 'Warrior' Stater 025332

Extremely Rare Satraps of Cilicia 'Warrior' Stater
Silver, 10.56 grams, 23.21 mm. Tarsos, Cilicia. 450-380 BC. Obverse: Satrap on horseback right, head left, wearing Persian headdress. Reverse: Aramaic "TRZ" above Hoplite, nude, kneeling right, wearing Corinthian helmet, holding shield on left arm and spear in right hand, all placed diagonally within dotted incuse square. BMC 162; SNG Cop 258; SNG von Aulock 5913; Traité 514-516; Not in Sear as stater, only as a triobol. Fair/very fine.
£275.00

more info

Satraps of Cilicia 'Warrior' Stater 025332


Lydia (450 BC - 330 BC.)

Lydia remained a satrapy after Persia's conquest by the Macedonian king, Alexander the Great. When Alexander's empire fell apart following his death, Lydia went to the major Asian diadoch dynasty, the Seleucids, and when it was unable to maintain its territory in Asia Minor, Lydia fell to the Attalid dynasty of Pergamum. Its last king avoided the spoils and ravage of a Roman conquest war by leaving the realm by testament to the Roman Empire.

Lydian 006296

Lydian 'Bearded Archer' Siglos
Silver, 5.48 grams, 14.51 mm. Circa 450 - 330 B.C. Obverse: Bearded arched (The great king) kneeling right, holding bow and dagger. Reverse: Moneyer's countermark. GCV 4683. Very Fine for an early issue of Sigloi.

more info
Lydian 006296


Pergamum (Centre of The Kingdom of Attalid, 3rd century B.C.)

Classical and Hellenistic Period of Mysia. Pergamum was situated in the Kaikos valley, about 15 miles from the coast. The city was extended and beautified as the prosperity of the kingdom increased, and by late Hellenistic times Pergamum ranked as one of the great cultural centres of the Greek world. After the end of the kingdom in 133 BC it became the capital of the Roman province of Asia.

Pergamon 'Mysia' Cistophorus Tetradrachm 027301

Pergamon Mysia 'Cista Mystica' Cistophorus Tetradrachm
Silver, 11.65 grams, 27.37 mm. Circa 76 BC. Obverse: Cista mystica with half-open lid, from which serpent emerges; around, wreath composed of ivy and berries. Reverse: decorated gorytos (bowcase) between two serpents, their tails tied up; on left the city monogram PER, on right a serpent-entwined thyrsus. PRY monogram and MOS above. BMC 118; see Sear 3945. Very fine.
£175.00

more info

Pergamon 'Mysia' Cistophorus Tetradrachm 027301
Time of Eumenes II, Attalos II and Attalos III 'Cista Mystica' Cistophoric Tetradrachm 020637

Time of Eumenes II, Attalos II and Attalos III 'Cista Mystica' Cistophoric Tetradrachm
Silver, 11.63 grams, 26.83 mm. Pergamon, Mysia. 190-133 BC. Obverse: Cista mystica with half-open lid, from which a serpent issues, all within ivy wreath. Reverse: two coiled serpents with heads erect, between them a bow case, ornamented with an aplustre, containing a strung bow, in field to right a serpent-entwined staff; PER monogram to left, GRY monogram and TH above. Mionnet II, 478; BMC 122; cf Sear 3947-3950 (field marks). Good very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£140.00

more info

Time of Eumenes II, Attalos II and Attalos III 'Cista Mystica' Cistophoric Tetradrachm 020637
Time of Eumenes II, Attalos II and Attalos III 'Cista Mystica' Cistophoric Tetradrachm 020639

Time of Eumenes II, Attalos II and Attalos III 'Cista Mystica' Cistophoric Tetradrachm
Silver, 11.60 grams, 27.53 mm. Pergamon, Mysia. 190-133 BC. Obverse: Cista mystica with half-open lid, from which a serpent issues, all within ivy wreath. Reverse: two coiled serpents with heads erect, between them a bow case, ornamented with an aplustre, containing a strung bow, in field to right a serpent-entwined staff; PER monogram to left, GRY monogram and IE above. Mionnet S5, 852; Pinder 109; cf Sear 3947-3950 (field marks). Very fine.
£110.00

more info

Time of Eumenes II, Attalos II and Attalos III 'Cista Mystica' Cistophoric Tetradrachm 020639
Time of Eumenes II, Attalos II and Attalos III 'Cista Mystica' Cistophoric Tetradrachm 020646

Time of Eumenes II, Attalos II and Attalos III 'Cista Mystica' Cistophoric Tetradrachm
Silver, 11.65 grams, 28.77 mm. Pergamon, Mysia. 190-133 BC. Obverse: Cista mystica with half-open lid, from which a serpent issues, all within ivy wreath. Reverse: two coiled serpents with heads erect, between them a bow case, ornamented with an aplustre, containing a strung bow, in field to right a serpent-entwined staff; PER monogram to left, A Pi, GRY monogram and star above. Pinder 122; Kleiner 25; BMC 98; cf Sear 3947-3950 (field marks). Good very fine.
£120.00

more info

Time of Eumenes II, Attalos II and Attalos III 'Cista Mystica' Cistophoric Tetradrachm 020646
Unpublished Tetradrachm 011237

Excessively Rare, Unpublished 'Cista Mystica' Cistophoric Tetradrachm
Silver, 12.37 grams; 29.32 mm. Tralles, Lydia. 155-145 B.C. Obverse: Cista mystica, lid open, with serpent left, all within ivy wreath. Reverse: TPAL on left within curve of serpent's body, Bow-case with serpents entwined, to right a naked male standing right holding bow and arrow. Unpublished variety with naked male right. Noe: - (obverse die as Series 26, 54-d, pl. 24, 3); CNG 58/590 and 57/444 (same dies). Very fine.
£175.00

more info

Unpublished Tetradrachm 011237
City Coinage 'Gorgoneion' Tetrobol 015884b

City Coinage 'Gorgoneion' Tetrobol
Silver, 3.04 grams, 12.66 mm. Parion, Mysia. Circa. 480 BC. Obverse: no legend, Gorgoneion facing, with tongue protruding. Reverse: no legend, incuse square containing cruciform pattern. Sear GCV 3917. Fine.
£75.00

more info

City Coinage 'Gorgoneion' Tetrobol 015884b


The Seleukid Kingdom

The East

Babylonia

This ancient and illustrious city of Babylon was the capital of the great empire in the 6th-7th century BC., surrendered to Alexander the Great in 331 BC. The Persian satrap Mazaios was appointed governor of Babylon by the Macedonian conqueror.

Antiochos VIII Grypos 'Zeus Ouranios' Tetradrachm 025629

Rare Antiochos VIII Grypos 'Zeus Ouranios' Tetradrachm
Silver, 15.44 grams, 28.36 mm. Seleukid Kingdom. 121-96 BC. Obverse: diademed head of Antiochos VIII right. Reverse: BASILEWS ANTIOXOY EPIFANOYS to right and left of Zeus Ouranios, naked, standing left, holding star and sceptre, crescent above head. IE over A in left field, AR in exergue. Babelon 1417 var (letter in exergue); Hoover 1197; Sear 7143 var. Good very fine/good extremely fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£350.00

more info

Antiochos VIII Grypos 'Zeus Ouranios' Tetradrachm 025629


The Parthian Kingdom

The Parthian Empire is a fascinating period of Persian history closely connected to Greece and Rome. Ruling from 247 BC t0 AD 228 in ancient Persia (Iran), the Parthians defeated Alexander the Great's successors, the Seleucids, conquered most of the Middle East and south-west Asia, controlled the Silk Road and built Parthia into an Eastern superpower. The Parthian empire revived the greatness of the Achaemenid empire and counterbalanced Rome's hegemony in the West. Parthia at one time occupied areas now in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaidzhan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Israel.



Vologases IV (AD 147 - AD 191)

The reign of Vologases IV, likely a son of Mithradates V, saw a renewal of hostilities with the Romans, almost fifty years after the emperor Trajan’s campaign. In AD 161 Vologases attacked Armenia. To counter this move, Lucius Verus, Roman co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius, set out for the east in AD 162. His army won significant victories and expelled the Parthian regime in Armenia. Although eventually forced to withdraw due to an outbreak of disease, the Romans remained in northern Mesopotamia for some time. This campaign appears to have had little detrimental effect upon Vologases, as he remained in power for forty-four years.

Vologases IV 002633

Vologases IV 'Tyche' Tetradrachm
Silver, 12.91 grams; 24.79 mm. Circa. 147 - 191 A.D. Obverse: His cuirassed bust left, with long beard, wearing diademed tiara with hooked appendages and horned device on side; behind B. Reverse: King enthroned left, receiving diadem from Tyche standing before him, holding sceptre. Sellwood 84/6; BMC 23. 224, 1. Good very fine/good fine.

more info
Vologases IV 002633


Orodes II (57 BC - 38 BC)

Having disposed of his brother Mithradates III, Orodes II was left in undisputed possession of the Parthian throne. The following year his army gained a historic victory over the Roman legions under Crassus, an achievement which greatly enhanced the prestige of the Parthian monarchy. Orodes, like his father before him, fell victim to his own son. Pakoros I, who despatched him by means of suffocation.

Orodes II Parthia 'Portrait' Drachm 027302

Orodes II Parthia 'Portrait' Drachm
Silver, 3.73 grams, 19.11 mm. Parthia, circa 57-38 BC. Obverse: bust left with pointed beard, wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; wart on forehead, star at top right, crescent above star at top right; border of dots. Reverse: BASILEWS BASILEWN ARSAKOY FILOPATOROS DIKAIOY EPIFANOYS FILELLHNOS legend in seven lines around beardless archer seated right on throne, wearing bashlyk and cloak, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, anchor with trident-like attachment on top (anchor type A48iii); PAT monogram beneath the bow. Sellwood 48.8; BMC 195-198; Sear 7445. Very fine.
£110.00

more info

Orodes II Parthia 'Portrait' Drachm 027302
Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024085

Scarce Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm
Silver, 4.01 grams, 21.34 mm. Ectabana. 57-38 BC. Obverse: bust left with pointed beard, wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; wart on forehead, star at top left, crescent above star at top right. Reverse: BASILEWS BASILEWN AP CAKOV EVERGETOV DIKAIOV EPIFANOYS FILELLHNOS, Arsaces seated right on throne, holding bow, anchor behind throne, PLT monogram to right. Sellwood 48.7-48.9; Sear 7445 var (obv. symbols). Extremely fine.
£140.00

more info

Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024085
Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024083

Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm
Silver, 3.97 grams, 19.32 mm. Ectabana. 57-38 BC. Obverse: bust left with pointed beard, wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; wart on forehead, star at top left, crescent above star at top right. Reverse: BASILEWS BASILEWN AP CAKOV EVERGETOV DIKAIOV EPIFANOYS FILELLHNOS, Arsaces seated right on throne, holding bow, anchor behind throne, PLT monogram to right. Sellwood 48.7-48.9; Sear 7445 var (obv. symbols). Extremely fine.
£120.00

more info

Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024083
Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024081

Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm
Silver, 3.99 grams, 20.09 mm. Ectabana. 57-38 BC. Obverse: no legend, bust left with pointed beard, wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; wart on forehead, star at top left, crescent above star at top right; border of dots. Reverse: BASILEWS BASILEWN ARSAKOY FILOPATOROS DIKAIOY EPIFANOYS FILELLHNOS in seven lines around beardless archer seated right on throne, wearing bashlyk and cloak, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, anchor with trident-like attachment on top; monogram beneath the bow. Sellwood 48.8; BMC 195-198; Sear 7445. Extremely fine.
£160.00

more info

Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024081
Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024080

Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm
Silver, 4.04 grams, 19.42 mm. Ectabana. 57-38 BC. Obverse: no legend, bust left with pointed beard, wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; wart on forehead, star at top left, crescent above star at top right; border of dots. Reverse: BASILEWS BASILEWN ARSAKOY FILOPATOROS DIKAIOY EPIFANOYS FILELLHNOS in seven lines around beardless archer seated right on throne, wearing bashlyk and cloak, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, anchor with trident-like attachment on top; monogram beneath the bow. Sellwood 48.8; BMC 195-198; Sear 7445. Extremely fine.
£240.00

more info

Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024080
Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024082

Scarce Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm
Silver, 4.02 grams, 18.56 mm. Ectabana. 57-38 BC. Obverse: bust left with pointed beard, wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; wart on forehead, star at top left, crescent above star at top right. Reverse: BASILEWS BASILEWN AP CAKOV EVERGETOV DIKAIOV EPIFANOYS FILELLHNOS, Arsaces seated right on throne, holding bow, anchor behind throne, PLT monogram to right. Sellwood 48.7-48.9; Sear 7445 var (obv. symbols). Good extremely fine.
£150.00

more info

Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024082
Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024087

Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm
Silver, 4.02 grams, 20.09 mm. Ectabana. 57-38 BC. Obverse: no legend, bust left with pointed beard, wearing diadem and griffin-ended torque; wart on forehead, star at top left, crescent above star at top right; border of dots. Reverse: BASILEWS BASILEWN ARSAKOY FILOPATOROS DIKAIOY EPIFANOYS FILELLHNOS in seven lines around beardless archer seated right on throne, wearing bashlyk and cloak, holding bow in right hand; behind archer, anchor with trident-like attachment on top; monogram beneath the bow. Sellwood 48.8; BMC 195-198; Sear 7445. Extremely fine.
£160.00

more info

Orodes II 'Archer King' Drachm 024087


Greek Coin Book and Other References:

Mionnet = Mionnet, Theodore Edme Description De Medailles Antiques, Grecques Et Romaines
Imhoof = Imhoof-Blumer, von F    Kleinasiatische Münzen
RecGen = Waddington, William Henry    Recueil General des Monnaies Greques d'Asie Mineure
BMC = British Museum Catalogues
SNG = Volumes of the worldwide SNG project    Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum,
Moushmov = Moushmov, Nikola    Ancient Coins of the Balkan Peninsula
GIC = Sear, David R    Greek Imperial Coins & Their Values
RPC = Reinach & Hill    Roman Provincial Coinage
Varbanov = Varbanov, Ian    Greek Imperial Coins, Vols. 1-3
MacDonald = University of Glasgow    Catalogue of Greek Coins in the Hunterian Collection
WW = Wildwinds.com (reference & attribution site)



Back to previous pageBack to previous page