Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 523Auction date: 7 September 2022
Lot number: 249

Price realized: 500 USD   (Approx. 505 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


ARABIA, Southern. Qataban. Unknown ruler(s). Circa 350-320/00 BC. AR Tetradrachm (21mm, 16.96 g, 9h). Imitating Athens. Van Alfen, Studies Type QI.A; CAF 1.0.4; Huth 328; SNG ANS –; HGC 10, 706. Toned, some roughness and cleaning scratches, slight die shift on obverse. Good VF.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 354 (13 August 2015), lot 168.


Estimate: 300 USD

Match 1:
Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 523Auction date: 7 September 2022
Lot number: 248

Price realized: 700 USD   (Approx. 707 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


ARABIA, Southern. Qataban. Unknown ruler(s). Circa 350-320/00 BC. AR Hemidrachm (11mm, 1.99 g, 9h). Imitating Athens. Helmeted head of Athena right; Γ (mark of value) on cheek / Owl standing right, head facing; olive spray and crescent to left; HL monogram lower right field; all within incuse square. Van Alfen, Studies Type QIV.A; CAF 1.0aii; Huth 350-53; SNG ANS –; HGC 10, 711. Lightly toned, minor obverse die break and scratches. EF.

Ex Roma E-Sale 34 (18 February 2017), lot 94.


Estimate: 300 USD

Match 2:
Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 524Auction date: 28 September 2022
Lot number: 239

Price realized: 225 USD   (Approx. 234 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


ARABIA, Southern. Saba'. Late 4th–mid 2nd centuries BC. AR nṣf – Unit (14.5mm, 5.22 g, 6h). Imitating Athens. Helmeted head of Athena right; N (in retrograde South Arabian; mark of value) on cheek / Owl standing right, head facing; olive spray and crescent to left; all within incuse square. Van Alfen, Studies, SII.A; CAF 1.1i; Huth 165-9; HGC 10, 720. Toned. VF.

From the Dr. Stephen J. Antonello Collection, purchased from Nilus Coins (Bill Kalmbach), 11 January 2003 (his inventory ticket included).


Estimate: 150 USD

Match 3:
Classical Numismatic Group > Auction 121Auction date: 6 October 2022
Lot number: 91

Price realized: 14,000 USD   (Approx. 14,225 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


BRUTTIUM, Rhegion. Circa 415/0-387 BC. AR Tetradrachm (24mm, 16.76 g, 5h). Lion mask facing / Head of Apollo right, wearing laurel wreath; olive sprig to left, PHΓIИOИ to right. Herzfelder 75 (D43/R63); HN Italy 2496; SNG ANS 660; Boston MFA 204 = Warren 174 (same dies); Hermitage Sale II 206 (same dies); Kraay & Hirmer 288 (same rev. die). Toned, minor roughness. Good VF. Well centered and struck.

From the Father & Son Collection. Ex Künker 326 (7 October 2019), lot 578.

This issue of coinage corresponds to quite an eventful period in the history of Rhegion. Around 415/0 BC, the reverse type on the tetradrachms changed from a seated figure to the head of Apollo. It is thought that this significant change was precipitated by a change in regime in the city. In the mid 5th century, Rhegion was a steadfast supporter of Athenian interests in Magna Graecia, especially in 427 BC, when Rhegion provided its port as a base from which Athens could operate. By the time of the Athenian Expedition in 415 BC, however, Rhegion refused to participate, and remained neutral, an act that effectively blocked Athens' access to the straits. The timing of the beginning of this issue roughly coincides with this event. Rhegion's ambivalence towards Athens, though, did not translate into support for the interests of Syracuse. Perhaps wishing to distance itself from the turmoil in Sicily, Rhegion allied itself with the other major cities of southern Italy in a coalition against Dionysios I, the tyrant of Syracuse. Unfortunately, this decision proved disastrous, as Dionysios invaded Bruttium, and fought against the cities from 399-386 BC, with the result that Rhegion was reduced to near non-existence until it was refounded by Dionysios II in 360 BC. It seems likely that the bountiful tetradrachm coinage struck during this period was used to finance military activity. In any event, these coins exemplify the high aesthetic standard of the Classical Period that is common to the coins of Magna Graecia at this time. The facing lion head is rendered in a bold, detailed manner, as is the head of Apollo, carefully depicted as a serene deity. What separates these coins from their contemporaries is the depth of the relief, which was extraordinarily high. The effect is particularly striking on the obverse, where the lion head has an unsurpassed exceptional three-dimensional quality.

Estimate: 5000 USD

Match 4:
Roma Numismatics Ltd > E-Sale 102Auction date: 3 November 2022
Lot number: 516

Price realized: 400 GBP   (Approx. 459 USD / 464 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


South Arabia, Qataban AR Tetradrachm. Uncertain ruler, circa 350-320 BC. Imitating Athens. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet / Owl standing to right with head facing, [olive sprig] and crescent behind, ΑΘΕ before; all within incuse square.. Van Alfen, Studies, Type Q1.A, 2 (O1/R2); CAF 1.0.4; Huth 326; HGC 10, 706. 16.85g, 21mm, 9h.

Good Very Fine; excellent metal for the issue.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group, Electronic Auction 355, 15 July 2015, lot 213.

Estimate: 350 GBP

Match 5:
Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVIAuction date: 10 January 2023
Lot number: 467

Price realized: 2,000 USD   (Approx. 1,864 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Agathokles Dikaios. Circa 185-175 BC. AR Tetradrachm (32mm, 16.77 g, 12h). Diademed and draped bust right / BAΣIΛEYΩΣ to right, AΓAΘOKΛEOYΣ to left, Zeus standing facing, holding scepter in left hand, and in right hand a statue of Hekate, who holds torch in each hand; monogram to inner left. Bopearachchi 1D; Bopearachchi & Rahman 149 (same obv. die); MPHB Group I, dies 1/34; SNG ANS 230; MIG Type 137a; HGC 12, 81. Toned, minor die break and small patch of roughness on obverse, slight double strike on reverse. Good VF.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group 115 (16 September 2020), lot 400.


Estimate: 2500 USD