Couple of wins from Triton XXV session 5.

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Michael Stolt, Jan 26, 2022.

  1. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    I was not thinking of bidding on anything in the sale, but ended up with two coins anyways :yack:, one ancient silver, and one medieval gold coin.

    I will start with the ancient, a beautiful new style Athens tetradrachm, it is a little off center on the reverse, but the gorgeous dark toning makes up for it.


    ATTICA, Athens. Circa 165-42 BC. AR Tetradrachm (30mm, 16.46 g, 12h). New Style coinage. Mened–, Epigeno–, and Nikogene–, magistrates. Struck 135/4 BC.

    Obverse: Helmeted head of Athena Parthenos right.

    Reverse: Owl standing right, head facing, on amphora; magistrates' names in fields; to left, Asklepios standing left, holding serpent-entwined scepter; Θ on amphora, HP below; all within wreath.

    References: Thompson 353g (same obv. die); HGC 4, 1602.

    The second coin is a medieval gold coin, the second I have purchased in a short time. It has the same obverse theme as the first one, but instead of a duke of Brittany on horseback, we have a French king. It is in a bit rougher shape than the first one I bought, but still offers enough visible detail to be a fairly attractive coin. I really like these medieval types with armored knights.


    FRANCE, Royal. Jean II le Bon (the Good). 1350-1364. AV Franc à cheval (29mm, 3.76 g, 1h). Authorized 5 January 1360.

    Obverse: Jean, crowned and in full armor, left on caparisoned horse, holding sword - (Fleur-de-lis) IOhAnnЄS: DЄI | :GRACIA: | FRAnCORV': RЄX (double annulet stops).

    Reverse: Cross tréflée and feuillue; in center of cross, • within quadrilobe; all within quadrilobe, trefoil fleurée at end of each arc; trilobe in spandrels - +XP'C • VIИCIT • XP'C • RЄGNAT • XP'C • IMPЄRAT (rosette stops).

    References: Duplessy 294; Ciani 361; Friedberg 279.
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  3. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    This is something I'm after for my Jean le Bon themed collection. I haven't found the right one yet

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  4. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Nice pickups, @Michael Stolt.

    I think the bidding wars in sessions 5 and 6 are not as crazy as in earlier sessions. Some coins are hammered at estimates, or just 50% more. Wonder if the recent stock market downturn discourages bidders from pushing the prices up more.

    I won 3 coins in sessions 5 and 6. Two are just a bit above estimates. This third one is hammered at estimate, likely due to the reverse marks. Still, a budget piece with nice obverse portrait. :)
    PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy II Philadelphos.
    AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 13.97 g, 12h).
    Dated RY 33 (253/2 BC). Ioppe (Joppa) mint.
    Obv: Diademed head of Ptolemy I right, wearing aegis around neck
    Rev: Eagle standing left on thunderbolt; to left, IOΠ (mint) monogram above MT monogram; to right, ΛΓ (date) above Θ.
    CPE 669; Svoronos 804; SNG Copenhagen 463 var; DCA 18.
    From the Kenneth S. Abramowitz Collection
    Triton XXV. January 2022
  5. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Nice additions Michael:)
    I had a feeling the "Q" would appreciate the Jean le Bon Franc à Cheval:D
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  6. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Thanks :) I also read that this is the first "franc" ever issued, which is fun as I do have sets of the last francs issued before the Euro, that my grandmother gave me alongside other coins and trinkets that had belonged to my grandfather.
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  7. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    Michael, Nice score on the two coins :happy:! The Athens Tet is especially nice, great strike & lovely toning :cool:. I managed to win 5 lots from all the sessions combined. I just received an email notice that the two coins I won on January 11 should arrive by this Saturday. CNG is getting slower putting the coins in the mail :mad:.
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  8. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    h. c., That is a great looking portrait on the Ptolemy II Tet :happy:! You're right about the softer prices in the last two sessions ;). The lots in the last two sessions weren't as impressive as the first three sessions. There was a lot of Roman-Judean junk in the last two sessions that didn't sell.
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  9. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Yes prices were a bit lower in some areas but still some crazy bids in session 5 and 6 too. Anything under 2x estimate is usually a decent deal at CNG nowadays imo. Congrats on your wins.
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  10. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Thanks Al! Congrats on your successful bids. I haven't received any news on shipping, and as you mention they seem to be a bit slower on shipping recently, perhaps a lot of new customers. I do have some wins from last year that's still with them as well so I will receive a big package when they finally ship :hungry:
  11. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Thanks :) Feels like will add medieval gold as a new addiction soon :yack: I will most likely confine myself with knights on horseback though, so I won't step too much into your territory ;)
  12. kirispupis

    kirispupis Supporter! Supporter

    Congrats! I lost on all three coins I bid on. Two of the three didn't go super-high and I was the underbidder on one. The third coin went for what I feel was way too much.

    It's probably for the best, as I didn't want to explain a rather expensive purchase. All of the auctions where I'm most likely to get something are now not until late February, so I can space out my purchases. :)
  13. akeady

    akeady Well-Known Member

    Nice ones, Michael!

    I won this Entella tetradrachm in that session.

  14. Factor

    Factor Well-Known Member

    I would not consider it a budget piece. For Joppa mint it is in great shape, usually they are much worse!
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  15. Michael Stolt

    Michael Stolt Well-Known Member

    Thanks Aidan! Congrats on your win, Carthaginian Tets är beautiful.
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  16. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Well-Known Member

    Aidan, That's an exceptional Carthaginian Tet :jawdrop:! The engraving is as fine as the best Tets that were done in Syracuse, & I wouldn't be surprised if the dies were done by a Greek artist :cool:.
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  17. akeady

    akeady Well-Known Member

    Thanks! I look forward to receiving it - fingers crossed I haven't doomed it to postal purgatory by posting the auction photo'.
    Interestingly, it was sold by CGB last summer, so hopefully it was a case of someone hoping to flip it rather than some un-obvious-in-photos defect. It was more expensive in CGB, so I got a good deal.

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