The 165th Auction of Numismatik Lanz will take place on 8th December 2017. Almost 500 lots will be offered containing interesting ancient coins, world coins, and medals. Highlights include electrum staters from Cyzicus, bronze coins from Imperial times, and rare pilgrimage medals.
A Very Fine, fully centered Cyzicus (Mysia) Electrum stater, from 550-450 will be offered with an estimated value of 6,000 euros and a starting bid of 3,600 euros.
A small series of electrum staters and their fractions from Cyzicus, used for the grain trade with the Black Sea region will also be offered. The coins feature different motifs with Tuna as an important element. Cyzicene economy depended a lot on trading tuna which was found in the Mediterranean Sea in those days.
A very rare Mithradates, by the Satrap of Armenia, issued after 212, will be offered with an estimated value of 1,250 euros and a starting bid of 750 euros. It is struck by an unknown Mint and is the 2nd known specimen.
A very fine tetradrachm of Tigranes II, struck on a broad planchet has an estimated value of 5,000 euros.
Another offering is an extremely rare bronze coin of an early ruler of Armenia, of Mithradates who governed as a satrap from 212. It is the second-known specimen.
An extremely rare and fine Tetradrachm from Eastern Arabia, issued by 'Abi'el, daughter of Nasil will be offered with an estimated value of 3,000 euros and a starting bid of 1,800 euros. The style is similar to coins issued under Alexander III. They were struck at Mileiha from 3rd to 2nd century BC. It is a very rare and historically significant tetradrachm from Eastern Arabia. The empire had its center in Mileiha.