Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Rare Royal Illyrian Issue

    ILLYRIAN KINGDOM. Monounios (ca. 300-275 BC). AR stater (21mm, 10.47 gm, 12h). Dyrrhachium mint. Cow standing right, looking back at suckling calf standing left below; above, jawbone of boar right / Double stellate pattern divided by line, all in double linear square boarder; Δ-YP above and below, BACIΛEΩC MONOYNIOY at sides; all within linear circle border. Meadows, CH (forthcoming), 197 (this coin). BMC 2 var. (ΔY above, P below). Extremely Rare. Die break on obverse in exergue. Good Very Fine.

    Monounios was the first king of Illyria to issue coins in his own name. He is sparsely mentioned in contemporary historical sources due to his brief involvement in the wars over the Macedonian succession, but the years of his reign and the extent of his kingdom is unknown. His very rare coinage includes staters of the cow / stellate type autonomously issued by the city of Dyrrhachium, suggesting that Monounios controlled this city, or employed its mint facilities under contract, for a time. Monounios'' cow / stellate coinage includes types where is name is rendered in monogram form on the obverse, and those where is name is spelled out in full on the reverse, as seen here. Only a handful of these have survived, indicating a very limited issue.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    January, 2013
    6th-7th Sunday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 599

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 5 days left to consign to the 2019 July 10 - 15 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando !

    Learn about consigning with us

    I want to thank you and Heritage for the services provided above and beyond those one would expect from an auction house.
    [ Entire Letter » ]
    Larry A. Moody, Senior Internal Auditor, University of Alabama,
    Tuscaloosa, AL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2019 April 25 - 28 Central States (CSNS) US Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $19,417,283
    2019 April 25 - 29 Central States World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    2019 April 25 - 29 Central States World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $8,051,351
    2019 April 25 - 29 Central States World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    2019 April 25 - 29 Central States World Currency Signature Auction - Chicago
    REALIZED $1,990,180