Classical Numismatic Group

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07-04-2015 – 01-01-1970

Electronic Auction 348

CNG’s Electronic Auction 348 online

Classical Numismatic Group’s Electronic Auction 348 will be closing on Wednesday, 8 April, beginning at 10 AM ET. This sale features 843 lots and opens with an unparalleled selection of Ptolemaic bronze and silver coins from the J.P. Righetti Collection.

Lot 1: PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy I Soter. As satrap, 323-305 BC. AR Tetradrachm in the name of Alexander III of Macedon. Alexandreia mint. Struck circa 311/0-305 BC. Svoronos 168; SNG Copenhagen 19. VF. From the J. P. Righetti Collection, 001. Estimate: $300.

This group of coins is mostly comprised of diverse varieties of bronze issues from the beginning to the end of the Ptolemaic kingdom. The classification of many Ptolemaic bronze issues has been highly debated among numismatists, often with researchers publishing highly divergent attributions to various kings, and also in the naming of the denominations used.

Lot 56: PTOLEMAIC KINGS of EGYPT. Ptolemy IV Philopator. 222-205/4 BC. AE Triobol. Alexandreia mint. Series 5. Svoronos 1127; SNG Copenhagen 201-2. Near EF. From the J. P. Righetti Collection, 068. Estimate: $200.

For this selection, we generally followed the attributions and denominations given on Dan Wolf’s website,, who has been closely working with noted numismatic scholar, Catharine Lorber. The first of Cathy’s books on the Ptolemaic coinage, which will supplant the long outdated Svoronos, is imminently forthcoming, and we would like to thank her for reviewing this special offering. Her conclusions regarding each coin’s issuer, denomination, and mint are followed herein.

Lot 401. KINGS of ELYMAIS. Kamnaskires-Orodes. Early-mid 2nd century AD. AE Tetradrachm. Van’t Haaff Type 12.1.1-3E; Alram 481. Near EF. From the J. P. Righetti Collection. Estimate: $300.

Additional Righetti coins can be found in the Greek, Oriental Greek, and Islamic sections.
Further lots from the BCD Collection, the Michael Joffre Collection, and the Spradling Collection are also available.

Lot 502: PISIDIA, Colbasa. Septimius Severus. AD 193-211. AE. SNG von Aulock 5060 = Franke, Kleinasien 383 (this coin). Near VF. Ex Hans von Aulock Collection. Estimate: $200.

The latter collection features a great number of additional important pedigress, including de Barros, Alighieri, Burstein, Righetti, Lindgren, Drewry, Poncin, Wagner, von Aulock, Levante, and McAlee. As usual, an array of large lots rounds out the sale.

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