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Classical Work of Art by the Artist Sosion

Classical Work of Art by the Artist Sosion

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The ancient coins offered in our Stack’s Bowers Galleries ANA auction are diverse and exceptional, with Syracuse offering more than its fair share of highlights, including the Labors of Hercules; Apollo and Artemis; and the powerhouse Euainetos Decadrachm. The Syracuse coin we highlight here is a Tetradrachm, an unsigned piece from the artist Sosion. 
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Lovely Aureus of Severus Alexander

Lovely Aureus of Severus Alexander

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

We continue our ancient coin previews for our Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money with the Roman Empire but a decidedly tamer coin than last week’s Erotic Tessera. For our highlight this week we offer a highly attractive gold piece from the last emperor of the Severan dynasty, Severus Alexander. 
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The Labors of Hercules

The Labors of Hercules

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The demigod Hercules has captured the imaginations of generations since ancient times, and stands as one of the most famous personas from classical mythology. Hercules is the Roman adaptation of the Greek divine hero Heracles, and the tales of his adventures are many.  The most famous of these adventures became known as the “Twelve Labors” and established Hercules as the greatest of the Greek demigods and Heroes. 
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Exceptional Artistic Style Electrum 100 Litrae of Agathocles

Exceptional Artistic Style Electrum 100 Litrae of Agathocles

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

The Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio world and ancient coin auction at the ANA World’s Fair of Money is rapidly approaching. This week we showcase an excellent Electrum piece from a tyrant of ancient Syracuse. The city of Syracuse, on the island of Sicily (situated off the coastal toe of Italy in the Mediterranean Sea), was the most important city in Magna Graecia. 
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Choice Lampsacus Electrum Stater

Choice Lampsacus Electrum Stater

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger

Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio is excited to offer a wide variety of choice ancient coins in our upcoming Official Auction of the ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago. One such piece is an Electrum Stater from Lampsacus. Lampsacus was strategically located on the eastern side of the Hellespont in the northern Troad. This location, in modern-day northern Turkey near the Dardanelles, has been of great importance to trade for millennia. 
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Macedonian Bisaltae Tribe Octodrachm

Macedonian Bisaltae Tribe Octodrachm

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & Cataloger and Kent Ponterio, Senior Numismatist & Consignment Director, World and Asian Coins

The ANA World’s Fair of Money and Stack’s Bowers and Ponterio Auction to be held this August in Chicago will offer an impressive group of ancient coinage. The region of Macedon provides the location for the group that produced the impressive Octodrachm (equivalent to eight drachms) we preview this week. Before the time of Alexander the Great (and other kings of Macedon), various tribes ruled areas of Greater Macedonia, the region just northeast of Greece, but west of Thrace and the Black Sea. 

Choice Parthian Silver Drachm

Choice Parthian Silver Drachm

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The weekly iAuctions here at Stack’s Bowers are a great source for collectible coins within a reasonable budget! Every month (closing on the first Sunday of the month) these iAuctions will contain World and/or Ancient coins, including some very notable highlights such as this piece. This week we offer an ancient coin from the Parthians, one of the ancient groups of people that inhabited present-day Iran. The Parthians were ruled by various dynasties, including the Achaemenids, Seleucids and the Sassanids. One of the iconic design elements of ancient Iranian coinage is a warrior-king with an archery bow
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Persia’s Achaemenidae Gold Daric

Persia’s Achaemenidae Gold Daric

By Chris Chatigny, Cataloger

The mighty Persian Empire, fathered by Cyrus the Great, adversary of the Greek city-states and shattered by Alexander the Great, provides an exceptional gold Daric for our upcoming November Baltimore auction. The royal dynasty that ruled the empire was known as the Achaemenids, derived from their legendary founder Achaemenes. This vast empire would control portions of Thrace and Macedonia to the Indus Valley, and parts of Egypt, Central Asia and the Arabian Peninsula. Some notable achievements of the empire include a postal system, roads, and the use of an official language. Despite these advancements, the central government eventually lost control of the local governments, who openly rebelled on numerous occasions. The empire was in a disorganized state by the time Alexander the Great of Macedon invaded. Alexander attempted to integrate himself as an Achaemenidae ruler, but died just a few years later. Seleucus inherited the Asian portions of Alexander’s realm, with the Seleucid Empire continuing the Achaemenidae Empire.
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