One of only three examples known of a gold rarity from ancient
Greece led all bidding in Bonhams’ Jan. 6 auction in New York City.
The “exceedingly rare” circa 336 B.C. gold stater of Pergamon in
Mysia realized $99,450 against an estimate of $115,000 to $125,000.
The coin is graded About Uncirculated to Uncirculated.
The coin was the marquee item in the 110-lot Meyer and Ebe
Collection of Ancient Greek Coins. A private collector built the
collection over the past decade.
The auction in total realized $569,103, with 201 lots of the 260
offered, or 77.3 percent, sold.
The auction was held in the firm’s New York City location while
the New York International Numismatic Convention was under way, but
the auction was not officially linked to the show.
All successful bids were subject to a buyer’s fee, which is 17
percent for bids up to $100,000 and thereafter is 15 percent.
The illustrated auction catalog may be viewed online at www.bonhams.com/us, and is also
available for purchase. For more information, telephone the firm at
310-436-5455 (California office) or 212-644-9001 (New York office), or
email it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some additional highlights:
Greece, Bruttium, Rhegium, circa 425 to 420 B.C. silver
tetradrachm, 17.31 grams, “slight granulation [on part of reverse],
otherwise a lightly toned example,” Good Very Fine, $21,060.
Greece, Sicily, Syracuse, circa 405 to 380 B.C. silver decadrachm,
43.08 grams, About Extremely Fine, $17,550.
Greece, Kings of Macedon, Alexander I, circa 498 to 454 B.C.
silver octadrachm, 28.79 grams, Good VF, $14,040.
Greece, Kings of Macedon, Alexander III (the Great), circa 330 to
320 B.C. gold distater, Amphipholis, 17.18 grams, EF to Uncirculated, $18,720.
Greece, Kings of Macedon, Perseus, circa 179 to 178 B.C. silver
tetradrachm, 17.51 grams, “probably only about 30 specimens of this
spectacular issue exist,” Good VF, $17,550.
Greece, Caria, Rhodes, circa 408 to 404 B.C. silver tetradrachm,
15.2 grams, VF, $15,210.
Greece, Ptolemaic kings of Egypt, Berenike II (wife of Ptolemy
III), circa 246 to 221 B.C. gold octadrachm, 27.66 grams, Alexandria,
Greece, Ptolemaic kings of Egypt, Ptolemy III (for the deified
Arsinoe II), circa 246 to 221 B.C. silver decadrachm, 35.58 grams,
“posthumous issue,” About EF, $19,305. ■