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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. especially with a full legible inscription.

Provenance Steve Album auction 30 lot 1700

EF...................................$15,000

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.............................$16,000

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.

In the early 14th Century the Vijayanagar Empire rose to prominence in Southern India and ushered in an era of Sanskrit-Hindu Renaissance.

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

Vijayanagar. Hari Hara II (1377-1404)

gold 1/2 Pagoda ND (1.69 gm) Siva and Parvati seated/ Sanskirt inscription Fr-350, Mitch-878.

Extraordinary condition for a coin 700 years old.

NGC graded MS68..............$2300

Vijayanagar. Hari Hara II (1377-1404)

gold 1/2 Pagoda ND (1.72 grms) Siva and Parvti seated' Sanskrit inscription Fr-350, Mitch-878

Extraordinary condition for a coin 700 years old.

NGC graded MS67.............$1750

     

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.

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.


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