nomos 12
22 May 2016
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
An unusually well-preserved example of Diodotos I
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Diodotos I, circa 255-235 BC. Stater (Gold, 16mm, 8.23 g 6), in the name of the Seleukid king Antiochos II, mint A (Aï Khanoum area). Diademed head of Antiochos II to right. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ANTIOXOY Zeus Bremetes, seen from behind, advancing to left; his extended left arm draped with an aegis, and preparing to hurl thunderbolt with his right hand; in inner left field, N above eagle standing left. Bopearachchi -. Cf. Holt Series A, Group 7 (tetradrachm). SC 629. SNG ANS -. A most attractive example without the typical test cut on the obverse. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
An extremely rare and splendid Stater of Eukratides I
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Eukratides I, circa 170-145 BC. Stater (Gold, 20mm, 8.46 g 12), c. later 160s. Diademed and draped bust of Eukratides to right, wearing Macedonian helmet adorned with bull’s horn and ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΕΥΚΡΑΤΙΔΟΥ The Dioskouri galloping to right, each holding spear and palm branch; below right, monogram. Bopearachchi Series 5 (monogram unlisted for gold). Mitchiner 176 (monogram unlisted for gold). Extremely rare, a lightly toned and splendid example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 48000 CHF
Estimate: 50000 CHF
An impressive and beautifully toned Tetradrachm
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Eukratides I, circa 170-145 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 35mm, 16.95 g 12), circa later 160s. Diademed and draped bust of Eukratides to right, wearing Macedonian helmet adorned with bull’s horn and ear. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ MEΓAΛOΥ / EΥKΡATIΔOΥ The Dioskouri galloping to right, each holding spear and palm branch; below right, monogram. Bopearachchi Series 6E, 29. Mitchiner 177ee. SNG ANS 465. Beautifully toned and struck on an unusually large flan. Very minor doubling, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
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