One of only three examples known of a gold rarity from ancient
Greece highlights the Meyer & Ebe Collection of Ancient Greek
Coins, offered Jan. 6 at auction by Bonhams.
The marquee item in the 110-lot collection from a private
collector built over the past decade is the “exceedingly rare” circa
336 B.C. gold stater of Pergamon in Mysia. The obverse portrait
depicts Herakles, the son of Alexander, wearing a lion skin.
The example in the auction is in About Uncirculated to
Uncirculated condition, though it has “a few microscopic handling
marks” on the reverse. It has an estimate of $115,000 to $125,000.
The auction is scheduled to be held in the firm’s New York City
location, while the New York International Numismatic Convention is
under way, but the auction is not officially linked to the show.
Paul Song, director of the rare coins and bank notes department at
Bonhams, said, “Different regions of Classical Greece and numerous
design types are well represented throughout the collection, and with
the recent strength of the ancient Greek coin marketplace, we
anticipate a very strong sale.”
All successful bids are 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 email@example.com.
Some additional highlights:
Greece, Bruttium, Rhegium, circa 425 to 420 B.C. silver
tetradrachm, 17.31 grams, Lot 1012, “slight granulation [on part of
reverse], otherwise a lightly toned example,” Good Very Fine.
Greece, Sicily, Syracuse, circa 405 to 380 B.C. silver decadrachm,
43.08 grams, Lot 1025, About Extremely Fine.
Greece, Kings of Macedon, Alexander I, circa 498 to 454 B.C.
silver octadrachm, 28.79 grams, Lot 1048, Good VF.
Greece, Kings of Macedon, Alexander III (the Great), circa 330 to
320 B.C. gold distater, Amphipholis, 17.18 grams, Lot 1053, EF to Uncirculated.
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,” Lot 1061, Good VF.
Greece, Caria, Rhodes, circa 408 to 404 B.C. silver tetradrachm,
15.2 grams, Lot 1087, VF.
Greece, Ptolemaic kings of Egypt, Ptolemy II, circa 285 to 246
B.C. gold octadrachm, Alexandria, 27.61 grams, “unpublished,” Lot
Greece, Ptolemaic kings of Egypt, Berenike II (wife of Ptolemy
III), circa 246 to 221 B.C. gold octadrachm, 27.66 grams, Alexandria,
Lot 1105, EF.
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,” Lot 1106, About EF.
Greece, Thrace, Cimmerian Bosporos, Pantikapaion, circa 340 B.C.
gold stater, 9.1 grams, Lot 1110, About EF. ■