Unpublished, rare, unusual, or unattributed ancient coins (in no particular order)

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  1. Æ 31x32. obv: rev: Uncertain Mint, Gordian III. laur., cuir. bust r./ Herakles l. presenting boar to King Eurystheus, who is seated r. on throne; hound between them, stg. on hind legs and reaching to the king. Reference to the fourth labor, capturing the boar of Mount Erymanthos. I can't find this type on any published coin, and this is my interpretation of the scene. VF, smooth dk. brown patina w. very light, brown cover. Well centered and struck; choice.

  2. Æ 11, 0.76 grams. obv: emperor's hd. r., laur. rev: bull stg. r., I above, border of dots. Possibly an unpublished small denomination from Joppa, Samaria: Alexander Severus, Rosenberger---, Meshorer (City Coins)---, type sim. to Meshorer 36 and 37. VG/F, good patina w. earthen cover.

  3. Æ 18. obv and rev: Calchedon, Bithynia. M. Aurelius. bare head r.; AVT·K - ANTONI/ herm on pedestal, atop, hd. l.; KAL-XADO. Not in BMC, LK, LIII, SGI, Mionnet, Mionnet Suppl. Apparently unpublished. F, sl. rough green patina.

  4. Æ 9x10. Gongylos, Dynast of Myrina and Gryneion, Aeolis, Myrina. 5th c. BC. Diademed head of Apollo left obv: Monogram of Gongylos (ΓoΓ) in concave field. rev: J.P. Six, "Monnaies Grecques Inedites", Num. Chron. XIV, third series, 1894, no. 7 (p. 317). VG/F, dk., sl. rough patina, some pitting, obv. face 50% off flan. Thanks to Mrs. Dane Kurth for kindly providing the reference.

  5. Æ 31x32, 22.75 grams. Anazarbus, Cilicia. Septimius Severus. obv: laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right; AVTKL [CE]P[C]EV[H...] CKACT? rev: saddled horse trotting right, one foreleg raised, to r.; KAIC TΩN ΠPOC [ANAZ ET BIC]. Levante--- (see 1395 for this type for L. Verus), BMC---, Mionnet---, Suppl.---. Thanks to Mrs. Dane Kurth for kindly providing the reference: Ziegler Additions, 7 in Jahrbuch für Numismatik und Geldgeschichte, Vol XLVIII/XLIX 48-49 (1998/1999).

  6. AR 11, 1.52 grams. obv: wooly sheep's head l. rev: voided cross w. circle in center, lines terminated w. dots inside, Y upper l. quadrant, K upper right quadrant, two other letters mostly off flan, all in incuse square. Unpublished? Fake?

  7. Æ 26x28, uncertain eastern mint. Plautilla. obv: draped bust r. rev: stg. fig. atop two-tier pedestal, the pedestal flanked on either side by columns each topped by a stg. fig. Perhaps the central figure is Mithras about to sacrifice a bull. Unpublished?

  8. Æ 34x35, Ceratapa, Phrygia, Commodus as Caesar. obv: draped bare bust r. of young Commodus; AUT. KAIC L - AUR. KOMODOC. rev: emperor in toga stg. r., hldg. scroll in l. hand, shaking hands w. Herakles stg. l., holding club at side; DIO KAIC AREWN KERETAPEWN. BMC---, LK---, Lindgren III---, SGI---, Mabbott---, Mionnet---, Suppl.---; city is R6 in Mionnet. Mrs. Dane Kurth kindly provides the references Aulock Phrygien 1 491-492; SNG von Aulock 8393; Waddington 5800; Robert, Villes II, 2.

  9. Æ 33x34, Apameia, Phrygia. Gallienus. obv: draped and laur. bust r.; AV . I . K P LIK GALLIHNOC. rev: cultus statue of Artemis to front, with supports, between two stags with heads turned towards goddess; PAPAILA POLINAP-IOV ... AP, in ex.: AMEWN. The type has been kindly identified by Dr. F. Jodin as Artemis Anaitis. BMC---, LK---, SGI---, Mionnet---, Suppl.---; apparently unpublished. Listed on wildwinds. F, dark brown with v.v.sl. spots of green cover, oc 5%/5%.

  10. Pb 14, Byzantine token, ca. 6-th C. obv: monogram, G to r., around: QEOU... rev: figure stg. r., head turned l., holding uncertain objects; ram at lower left. Possibly depicts Abraham holding knife, an angel in the background stopping the sacrifice of Isaac, and Isaac seated at lower r. with his back to the viewer. Unpublished?

  11. Æ 28, Uncertain colonial of Domitian. obv: laur. bust r.; AUT. DOMITIANOS - KAISAR SEB GERM. rev: veiled bust of Homonoia l., in front: poppy head between two corn ears; SEBASTH - OMONOIA. Mionnet Incertaines 498 (R5). For the type, see Hierapolis in alliance with Ephesus, BMC 187, p. 263 and Pl. LII.5. For the legend, see Prusias ad Hypium, SGI 820 (Domitian) and SGI 905 (Domitia), both Homonoia stg. Bill Puetz points out that this is RPC II 684, with the reverse identified as Demeter.

  12. AR 19x20, Barbarous AR drachm, 2.61 grams. obv: young hd. of Herakles r. wearing stylized lion skin (?). rev: single cornucopia, barbarous Greek legend; FIL (?) - FLEXILWN (?). Kindly attributed by Frank Kovacs as an imitation of a drachm of Demetrius I, probably Antioch mint. For a similar crudely rendered coin, see A. Houghton, "Coins of the Seleucid Empire from the Collection of Arthur Houghton," ANS, 1983, Plate 31, No. 55.

  13. Æ 24x25, Orbiana, w. Sev. Alex., Andeda, Pisidia. obv: draped bust of Orbiana r. rev: distyle temple with spherical object in pediment; within, simulacrum of Pergaean Artemis between star l. and crescent r. BMC--- (see 5 for this type for Maximinus), SGI---, the city not in Mionnet. Mrs. Dane Kurth kindly provides the reference SNG Righetti 1325.

  14. Æ 25, Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior, Julia Domna. obv and rev: her draped bust r./ Priapus stg., wearing boots, raising his cloak with both hands exposing his enlarged penis with which he is fertilizing a plant; filled modius to the left. Pick 1457. Two examples are shown here, and both have the same reverse dies as Pick. I've seen a few other examples of this reverse type, all with the same die. If anyone knows of another reverse die, please email me. Click here for another example: obv: rev:

  15. Æ 17x18, Lampsacas, Mysia, Domitian. obv: laur. bust. r. rev: statue of Priapus on pedestal stg. l. with erect member. Mionnet Suppl. 596 (R5). VG, dark, sl. coarse, sl. dirty light cover.

  16. Æ 30, Philadelphia, Lydia, Caracalla. obv and rev: draped laur. bust r.; [M]AY·--AN...; possibly uncertain c/m in circle on bust/ coiled serpent with protruding tongue on horse pacing l.; EΠI...AI...ΦI ... ΩN. Mrs. Dane Kurth kindly points out that this is BMC 85, and is from the same dies as Kraft, plate 74, 5a. The obverse die is also used on a Smyrna coin with Zeus standing, holding Nike and sceptre. LK---, L III---, L III---, Mionnet---, Suppl.---, Mabbott---, SGI---, sim. BMC 98 (Sev. Alex., horse r.), BMC 102 (Philip I, horse r.), BMC notes, "This type clearly refers to the Games called Aσkληπεια". VG, low relief strike, dark patina, v. sl. coarse.

  17. Æ 34×35, 19.35 grams, Gordus-Julia, Lydia, Elagabalus, obv: bust r., uncertain c/m in round incuse obv.; AV KM AV[P]... rev: Mên standing holding patera in left hand, leaning on staff w. r.; see Mionnet 216 IV.41 for legend: EΠI·IOYΛIANOY. IOYΛIEΩN. ΓOPΔHNΩN; and 218 and 220 for ARCH·A·TO·B. Mrs. Dane Kurth kindly identifies the portrait as Elagabalus, probably from the same dies as SNG Turkey 5, 359; Mionnet IV, 222, which apparently also has the same c/m, Howgego 271, Zeus seated left. Mionnet---, Suppl.---, BMC--- (Sim. size and type for Macrinus, hldg. pine cone), LK---, LIII---, Mabbott---. VG/VG+, dk. green patina, sl. deposit 1 o'clock rev., patina missing in places, deep pit 6 o'clock rev.

  18. Æ 31×31, Hypaepa, Lydia, M. Aurelius, obv: draped, laur. bust r., c/m of Artemis Anaitis in front. rev: cultus fig. of Artemis Anaitis riding quadriga r., which is driven by winged Nike. Not in BMC, LK, LIII, Mionnet, Suppl. Wildwinds (Holyland 3703LG) has the same obv. die, and the same type except biga instead of quadriga. F, dk. green-black patina, some brassing on high point rev., patch of stable corrosion on obv. cheek.