Wolfshead Gallery, USA-Ridgewood

04. June 2015

Electrum Catalog

Wolfshead Gallery publishes its Latest Electrum Catalog

Wolfshead Gallery, specialized in the early Electrum coinage, has published its latest Electrum Catalog featuring beautiful electrum coins from the beginning of minting.
The Gallery owner is the author of a catalogue on early electrum coinage.

Some of the highlights from the new catalog are:

E1001: Samos, c. 670 BC. EL HemiStater, 8.79 g. Blank field. Rv: Square incuse punch. Ln1004, variety. Extremely rare. EF $22,500.00
The earliest coinage of Samos, in its extremely rare second highest denomination. The island nation never issued striated coinage, rather an eclectic mintage easily identified by their distinctive reverse punches and high weight standard.
An important rarity and an exceptional numismatic example.

E1002: Samos, c. 660 BC. EL Hecte, 2.85 g. Raised field. Rv: Raised incuse punch. BMC-. Extremely rare. EF $3750.00
At the dawn of coinage Samos issued first Blank coinage with distinctive punches, then issues with raised shapes. Large denominations of any early issues are of the greatest rarity and importance.

E1003: Ionia, c. 670 BC. EL Hemi-Hecte, 1.21 g. Striated flan. Rv: Incuse punch. Weid.9. Very rare. Good VF $2750.00
An example of one of the first true coins, from the origin of coinage, noted in Whitman publication as one of the “100 Greatest Ancient Coins”.

E1004: Ionia, Miletus, c. 660 BC. EL Hemi-Hecte, 1.2 g. Dolphin swimming right on striated field. Rv: Incuse punch. “Early Dolphins”, TP9. Extremely rare. Four known. Good VF $4750.00
An important type-on-striation issue from a key moment in the evolution of early coinage.

E1005: Ionia, Miletus, c. 640 BC. EL Hecte, 2.28 g. Lion reclining left, head looking back, with linear lines. Rv: Double incuse punch. Ln1116. Extremely rare. Good VF $3750.00
The earliest coinage featuring the City Emblem of Miletus, the largest denomination of this issue was a Trite.

E1006: Ionia, Ephesus, c. 645 BC. EL Hecte, 2.36 g., Globular Bee left. Rv: Double incuse punch. Ln1101. Extremely rare. As struck, Good VF $6750.00
The very first coinage of Ephesus
Ex Apiary collection.

E1007: Ionia, Ephesus, c. 620 BC. EL 48th, .31 g. Deer head r. Rv: Incuse punch. Ln1107. EF $1250.00
Ex Electrum and the Invention of Coinage, Ln1107 (this coin).

E1008: Lydia, Sadyattes, c. 620 BC. EL Hemi-Hecte, 1.15 g., Sardis mint. Boar’s head r. Rv: Incuse punch. Spier 5. Excessively rare. EF $6750.00

E1009: Lydia, Alyattes, c. 610 BC. EL Trite, 4.71 g., Sardis mint. Lion’s head l., WALWET in Lydian before. Rv: Double incuse punch. Weid.93. Extremely rare. Good VF $6750.00
Alyattes is rendered Walwetes in Lydian, this issue is the first coin minted with a king’s name.

E1010: Lydia, Alyattes, c. 610 BC. EL Hecte, 2.37 g., Sardis mint. Lion’s head r., WALWET in Lydian before. Rv: Double incuse punch. Weid.101. Extremely rare. EF $3750.00
Alyattes is rendered Walwetes in Lydian, this issue is the first coin minted with a king’s name.

E1011: Lydia, Alyattes, c. 610 BC. EL Trite, 4.69 g., Sardis mint. Lion’s head r.  Rv: Double incuse punch. Weid.87. aEF $2950.00
Ex CNG Inc., 2005

E1012: Ionia, Cimmerians, c. 620 BC. EL Trite, 4.71 g. Linear profile lion head, with double eyes, r. Rv: Irregular incuse punch. Weid.117, LN1097. Extremely rare. Good VF $7500.00
The fierce Cimmerians migrated from Scythia to conquer Phrygia around 695 BC, burning Gordium, their King Midas took poison to avoid capture.
The Cimmerians raided in Lydia and Ionia until finally defeated by Alyattes around 600 BC.

E1013: Ionia, c 630 BC. EL Trite, 4.69 g. Pegasus, with curled wing, walking left. Rv: Double incuse punch. Weid.147, Ln1129. Very rare. Good VF $9750.00
Ex Electrum and the Invention of Coinage, Ln1129 (this coin).

E1016: Ionia, c. 620 BC. EL Hecte, 2.53 g. Swastika square in high relief. Rv: Quadripartite Incuse. Rosen 314, LN1144. Very rare. Exceptional. Superb $2750.00

E1023: Mysia, Kyzikos, c. 500 BC. EL Hecte, 2.68 g. Helmeted Athena l. over Tunny. Rv: Quadr. incuse punch. VFr.67. Very rare. EF $3750.00

E1025: Mysia, Kyzikos, c. 500 BC. EL Hecte, 2.68 g. Wolf l. at bay over Tunny. Rv: Quadr. incuse punch. VFr.85. Very rare. aEF $2250.00

E1027: Mysia, Kyzikos, c. 500 BC. EL HemiHecte, 1.31 g. Female head left, hair in sakkos, over Tunny. Rv: Quadr. incuse punch. VFr.106. Extremely rare. Exceptional. Superb $3750.00

For more information on the catalog please visit the firm’s website.

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