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China, Warring States, State of Chu. 475-221 BCE

Gold Cube Money "Ying Yuan." (16 gms). Gold "Cube Money" was produced by cutting segments from a larger sheet or bar of gold. The host bars generally contained several square stamped area's designated for the purpose of making smaller denominations. VERY RARE. Provenance Spink Hong Kong Sale.

Slabbed and certified as genuine and Graded Extremely Fine by the Huaxia hxpingji grading service.

戰國金鈑半塊。14x21.6x5.3mm 16g。華夏評級極美


CHINA, Sycee. temp. Southern Sòng dynasty. 12th-13th centuries AD.

AV Tael Sycee (20.5x141mm, 37.81 g). Legend in Hànzì characters stamped on rectangular gold bar with split ends.

very rare - ex Larry Adams collection, via CNG, purchased from Steve Album, with CNG tag.

EF condition.............................$8500

INDIAN GOLD COINAGE: When Alexander marched through the Eastern world he was careful to respect the local deities, but he inevitably exported Greek culture including athletic and dramatic theater, architecture, literature, urban planning, and coinage. The Sassanians, Baktrians, Kushanas, all produced gold coinage, especially at the apex of their respective cultures. The Kushanas of present day Northern India through Pakistan and Afghanistan and into Iran, produced a coinage with an intriguing mixture of Greek, Hindu and Buddhist imagery...

INDIA. KADAMBAS OF HANGAL: Toyimadeva, fl. 1065, AV stater (4.18g), Mitch-664, lion walking right with head reverted, toyi below / ornamental scroll, well-centered strike, Rare, and historically interesting.

lovely EF...........................$3000

INDIA. WESTERN GANGA. Anonymous issue, 1050-1300.

AV Pagoda. (3.89 grams.) Caparisoned elephant standing r. Rv. Ornamental floral scroll. MNI 702. Well-centered and nicely detailed elephant.

NGC graded AU 58 ............sold

INDIA; Vijayanagar, Devaraya I. 1377-1404 AD.

Gold pagoda (3.43 gm) 10 mm. Siva and Parvati seated facing / Devanagari legend. Mitchiner, South 881 and 1090; Cf. Friedberg 381.

Well struck on a full flan.
Superb EF............................sold

INDIA, KINGDOM OF MYSORE, Krishna Raja Wodeyar (1799-1868):

Gold pagoda. (3.40 gm.) 11mm
Siva and Parvati seated facing, Siva holding a trisul (trident) and mriga (deer), sun and moon above Three line Devanagari legend: Sri / Krishnara / ja Ex-Dr. Kurt Aterman collection; ex-Scott Semans list 42.

SUPERB EF.......................$1000

JUDAEAN COINAGE. There is, alas, no gold Judaean coinage. For most of the period beginning with the founding of coinage in the late 7th century BCE, Judaea was under control of first the Persians and then Alexander and the Seleukids. There was a brief period after the Maccabean War that Judaea controlled its own fate, but then they fell under the control of the Romans. Only during the Jewish war of 66 AD and then the Bar Kochbah revolt of 135 AD (that led to the diaspora) did the Judaeans strike their own silver coinage.

Here below are two magnificent selahs from the bar Kochbah revolt overstruck on Roman tetradrachms of Antioch. They depict the only contemporary image of the second temple, with beautiful clear Paleo-Hebrew (circa 1000-700 BCE) lettering -which is the world's first alphabetic writing.


Undated issue of Year 3 (AD 134/5). Simon (Paleo-Hebrew) on two sides, star above façade of the Jerusalem Temple, the holy ark seen from end in center of entrance / For the freedom of Jerusalem (Paleo-Hebrew), lulav with etrog at left. Mildenberg 148, 62. Hendin 1411. TJC 267. 

Spectacular as struck example with Hadrian's (the current Roman Emperor whose image was being purposefully defaced with the Legend "For the Freedom of Jerusalem") headdress visible on the obverse.

The only Example graded CH MS by NGC.

NCG graded: CH MS Strike 4/5, surf 5/5
overstrike noted - but of course every single one of these is overstruck. That's the whole point of the issue............$16,500


JUDAEA, Bar Kochba Revolt.

132-135 CE. AR Sela – Tetradrachm (26.5mm, 11.66 g, 12h). Undated issue, attributed to year 3 (134/5 CE). Façade of the Temple at Jerusalem; showbread table within, wavy line above, “Shim‘on” (in Hebrew) at sides / Bundle of lulav; etrog to left, “For the Freedom of Jerusalem” (in Hebrew) around. Mildenberg 95 (O17/R65); Meshorer 269 (same dies as illustration); Hendin 1413 (same dies as illustration); Bromberg 124 (same dies); Shoshana II 20370 (same dies); Sofaer 110–1 (same obv. die); Spaer 196 (same obv. die). ex Hebrew College Museum collection

Spectacularl iridescent tone with subtle greens and purples on excellent metal, altogether exceptional for this usually degraded issue.

NGC Graded: MS ** Strk 5/5 surf 4/5

Aksum was a Kingdom in North Africa the comprised most of present day Ethiopia. It was a source of gold going back to at least 900 BCE when Solomon traded with the Queen of Sheba. It was also an important source of gold for the Greeks (especially the Ptolomies) and Romans. During the later Roman Empire, Aksum began minting its own gold coinage to facilitate trade. These coins consisted of 1/3 solidus or aureus of about 1.55 grams and half solidus or aureus of about 2.71.

Kingdom of Aksum
Endubis (ca. 270-290 A.D.)

Gold half aureus (2.71 g.) Obv: ΕΝΔΥΒΙC ΒΑCΙΛΕΥC, bust of Endubis right wearing headcloth and robe, between two wheat stalks, a crescent containing a dot above, legend around Reverse: BACIΛEYC AΧWMITW, Same as obverse, save for different legend. Munro-Hay 1; BMC Axum 1-3. lustrous and with sharp detail.

Superb Extremely fine..............sold

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