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180/167-133 BC AR Cistophorus NGC Choice XF (Ancient Greek)

$600.00
 

This is an exciting and affordable offering of an extra fine example of Ancient coinage struck in Ionia, Ephesus, now modern day Turkey. The obverse (front) of this exciting Ancient coin bears the image of a cista mystica, or sacred chest, and often used to house snakes. Cistae mystica chests were used during initiation ceremonies by the followers of Bacchus, or Dionysus the famous gods of wine and drink. The cista on this coin is surrounded by a wreath. The reverse of the coin bears a bow case surrounded by 2 snakes. This coin is struck in silver and is quite desirable in this extra fine condition. Diameter is approximately 25 mm.

180/167-133 BC Ionia AR Cistophorus NGC Ch AU (Ancient Greek) Strike: 4/5, Surface Quality: 4/5.

$695.00
 

Grade: Ch AU, Strike: 4/5, Surface Quality: 4/5. Obverse of Cista Mystica, wreath, Reverse of bow case, two snakes.This is an exciting offering of an about uncirculated example of Ancient coinage struck in Ionia, Ephesus, now modern day Turkey. The obverse (front) of this exciting Ancient coin bears the image of a cista mystica, or sacred chest, and often used to house snakes. Cistae mystica chests were used during initiation ceremonies by the followers of Bacchus, or Dionysus the famous gods of wine and drink. The cista on this coin is surrounded by a wreath. The reverse of the coin bears a bow case surrounded by 2 snakes. This coin is struck in silver and is quite scarce in this about uncirculated condition. Diameter is approximately 25 mm.

42 BC L.Liv. Regulus AR Denarius NGC XF (Ancient Roman)

$2,500.00
 

Grade: XF, Strike: 4/5, Surface Quality: 3/5. Bankers mark. Obverse of L.Livenieus Rugulus, reverse of gladiators and beasts. A most extraordinary coin showing a gladiatorial contest that pitches man against beast - a scene right out of a Hollywood movie. One man with a spear lands what must be a fatal blow to a pouncing lion; another man with sword at the ready raised his shield to defend himself against a pouncing panther, and a wounded animal lies wounded in the upper left field. The standard references refer to this animal as a boar, but on this sharp example it has pronounced horns, and thus must be some kind of exotic member of the bull family. Not only is the scene remarkable, but this is a particularly good example of this coin with plenty of detail and a clear, crisp strike that really doesn't get any better for this coin. An inconspicuous banker's mark on the portrait hardly detracts. Lovely multi-hued toning. One of the clearest and strongest examples of this popular type to have come to market in years.