nomos 12
22 May 2016
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 1
CELTIC BRITAIN, Catuvellauni. Addedomaros, c. 45-25 BC. Stater (Gold, 18mm, 5.58 g). Crossed wreaths with two crescents back to back at the center. Rev. [AĐĐIIDOM] Horse to right; below, wheel; above and below, pellet within annulets and pellets. ABC 2514. BMC 2930. VA 1605. Legend mostly off the flan as usual, otherwise, well centered and struck on a large flan. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 2
CELTIC BRITAIN, Atrebates & Regni. Eppillus, circa 10 BC-AD 10. 1/4 Stater (Gold, 10mm, 1.19 g 9), Calleva (Silchester). CALLEV between two stars. Rev. EPPA Dog leaping to right; below, rosette. ABC 1148. BMC 986-1001. SCBC 96. Van Arsdell 407. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 3
CELTIC BRITAIN, Atrebates & Regni. Verica, 10-40. Stater (Gold, 16mm, 5.17 g 2), vine leaf type, southern mint: either in or near Chichester or Silchester. VI - R[I] Vine leaf. Rev. C - O - [F] Warrior, with spear and shield strapped over his back, riding horse galloping to right (apparently leaping from one ‘platform’ to another). ABC 1193. Bean VERS3-1b. SCBC 121. Van Arsdell 520-1. An attractive toned piece. Both sides slightly off center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
A very rare Stater from the Namur region
Lot 4
CELTIC, Northeast Gaul. Uncertain tribe, Namur region. Mid 3rd century BC. Hemistater (Gold, 14 mm, 4.12 g, 4 h), imitating Philip II of Macedon. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠ... Charioteer, holding kentron in his right hand and reins in his left, driving biga to right. De la Tour 30 (but with a different obverse style). Scheers 77. Very rare and of unusually fine style. Tiny scratch on forehead, otherwise. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
A very rare and curious trumpet type 1/4 Stater
Lot 5
CELTIC, Northwest Gaul. Uncertain tribe. Circa 3rd-2nd century BC. 1/4 stater (Gold, 14mm, 2.04 g 9), trumpet type. Beardless male head to right, with curly hair. Rev. Celticized version of a biga to right: horse standing to right; on its back, kneeling male figure to right, blowing a carnyx; to left, behind figure, arrow; to right, sickel-shaped razor; below horse, seated facing figure with both hands raised and very long fingers. D&T I, p. 33, 24. Scheers Série 3, III, var. b, fig. 32. Sills 209. Very rare. With a remarkably attractive and curious reverse. Obverse struck from a worn die, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 14000 CHF
Estimate: 12000 CHF
A very rare Ambiani Stater
Lot 6
CELTIC, Northeast Gaul. Ambiani. 2nd century BC. Stater (Gold, 21mm, 7.44 g 11). Celticized head of Apollo to left, with elaborate and extensive hair. Rev. Celticized biga driven by Nike to left; star and ornaments in field, and a rosette-like device and two pellets-in-annulets below; in exergue, zig-zag pattern. Depeyrot 129. D&T 67. Van Arsdell 12-1. Very rare. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 9500 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
A very rare Parisii Stater with joue tatouée
Lot 7
CELTIC, Northeast Gaul. Parisii. 2nd century BC. Stater (Gold, 21mm, 7.19 g 3), class I. Celticized head of Apollo to right, with wavy hair and an X on his cheek (joue tatouée). Rev. Stylized horse to left with a fan-like checkerboard design above and a rosette below. CdB classe 1b. De la Tour 78. D&T I. 41. Very rare. With a bold and impressive head of very strong style, and a wonderful horse. Minor striking flatness, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 26000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
An apparently unpublished and unknown Helvetii Stater
Lot 8
CELTIC, Central Europe. Helvetii (?). Early-mid 3rd century BC. Stater (Gold, 20mm, 8.37 g 1), imitating Philip II of Macedon. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. [Φ]IΛIΠΠOY Charioteer, holding kentron in right hand, reins in left, driving biga to right; below horses, Nike flying right with wreath. Castelin -. De la Tour -. D&T -. Apparently unpublished and unknown. Two small nicks on reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 9000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Rare and unusually complete
Lot 9
CELTIC, Central Europe. Helvetii. Late 2nd - early 1st century BC. Scyphate stater (Electrum, 23mm, 7.12 g 9). Celticized laureate head of Apollo to right; all within crescent border. Rev. Charioteer standing left, holding whip and driving devolved biga; below, crescent ornament. Allen, SNR 53, 90-91. D&T 3074. LT 8922. Scheers 45, pl. VIII. Rare and unusually complete. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Very rare and extraordinarily sharp
Lot 10
CELTIC, Central Europe. Helvetii. 2nd - 1st century BC. Scyphate stater (Electrum, 24mm, 6.65 g 9). Laureate male head to left with hair in confused locks. Rev. Celticized charioteer, driving biga to right and holding reins in his left hand; below, triskeles. Allen, SNR 53, 63. LT 8897. SLM 854. Very rare and unusually complete. Minor scuff on obverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 4300 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
A very rare Helvetii Stater
Lot 11
CELTIC, Central Europe. Helvetii. 2nd century BC. Scyphate stater (Electrum, 23 mm, 7.03 g, 2 h). Laureate head of Apllo to right, in Celtic style with curly locks. Rev. Charioteer driving devolved biga to left; below, two parallel lines; before, open triangle. Allen, SNR 53, pl. 11, 67-68. Castelin -. Flesche -. HMZ 1.8. Very rare. A lovely example with both sides sharply struck. Minor flan cracks, otherwise. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Very rare and unusually complete
Lot 12
CELTIC, Central Europe. Helvetii. Late 2nd - early 1st century BC. Scyphate stater (Electrum, 24mm, 6.82 g 9). Celticized head of Apollo with curly hair to right. Rev. Celticized charioteer driving biga to right; below, curious symbol (lyre?). Allen, SNR 53, 65. D&T 3081 = LT 8896 = Schleer 50, pl. IX. Very rare and unusually complete. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
From the collection of M.P. Vlasto
Lot 13
CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 490-480 BC. Nomos (Silver, 18mm, 18.18 g 9). ΤΑΡΑΣ Hippocamp to right; below, scallop; border of rays. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Phalanthos, nude, riding dolphin to right, his left arm outstretched with the palm of his hand upwards, and holding an octopus in his right; cable border. Fischer-Bossert 52 a (this coin, illustrated on pl. 3). HN III 827. Vlasto 123 (this coin). Attractive and toned. Some minor marks under the toning, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
A rare and pedigreed Diobol from Tarentum
Lot 14
CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 325-280 BC. Diobol (Silver, 11mm, 1.24 g 9). Head of bearded Herakles to right, wearing lion-skin headdress. Rev. Youthful Herakles, nude, standing facing, his upper body turned to the right, grasping the Nemean lion with both hands; to left, ΑΤΗ and club; between his legs, ΙΦ. HN III 978. SNG ANS 1433. Vlasto 1354 (same dies). Rare. A splendid, toned example, of wonderful style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
From the Froehner Collection, Ratto 1909, 792
Lot 15
CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 315-302 BC. Stater (Silver, 21mm, 7.90 g 1). Nude rider on horse galloping to right, stabbing with spear held in his right hand and holding two other spears and shield with his left; below, ΣΑ. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Phalanthos riding dolphin to left, holding kantharos in his right hand and trident in his left; below, dolphin to left; to left, monogram of ΑΡ. Fischer-Bossert 842 a (this coin). HN III 937. A beautifully struck, beautifully centered and attractively toned coin. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Beautifully toned and of great style
Lot 16
CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 280-272 BC. Stater (Silver, 19mm, 6.54 g 7), Phy..., Sodamos and Gu... The Dioscouri (or two ephebes), nude but for their cloaks, riding horses galloping to left; above, monogram of ΦΥ; below, ΣΩΔ-Α-Μ-Ο-Σ. Rev. TA-ΡAΣ Phalanthos, nude, riding on dolphin to left; holding, in his right hand, Nike crowning him and, in his left, two spears and a shield ornamented with a hippocamp; below, waves; to left, ΓΥ. HN III 1011. Vlasto 773 ff. Beautifully toned and very well-centered. Die break on the obverse and a number of scratches under the toning on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4800 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
A rare Hemistater of lovely style
Lot 17
CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 276-272 BC. Hemistater (Gold, 14mm, 4.27 g 1). Head of youthful Herakles in lion-skin headdress to right. Rev. [ΤΑΡΑΝΤΙΝΩΝ] (partly visible) Ephebe driving galloping biga to right; above to right ΣΩΚ. Fischer-Bossert G 33. HN III 985. Vlasto 29. Rare. An attractive, clear and nicely centered example. Very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 14500 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
From the collection of M.P. Vlasto
Lot 18
CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC. Nomos (Silver, 20mm, 6.51 g 5), Damokritos. ΔΑΜΟ - [ΚΡΙΤΟΣ] Youthful nude jockey riding horse walking to right; behind jockey, Nike flying right to crown him. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Phalanthos riding dolphin to right, holding cornucopiae in his right hand and trident in his left; behind, monogram. HN III 1043. Vlasto 915 (this coin). Atrractively toned and with a very sharp reverse. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 19
CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 240-228 BC. Nomos (Silver, 19mm, 6.39 g 10), Xenokrates. ΞΕ-ΝΟΚΡΑ/Τ-ΗΣ Armored cavalryman, riding horse moving to left, raising his right hand in salute and turning his bearded head to face the viewer; in upper field to right, monogram and pileus. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Phalantyhos, nude, riding dolphin to left, his body turned slightly turned back to right, holding a trident over his right shoulder in his right hand, and holding his drapery in his upraised left; to right, monogram of ΣΩ; below, waves and cuttlefish. HN III 1058. SNG ANS 1258 (same dies). Vlasto 957. Nicely toned and most attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4800 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Ex Bank Leu 36, 7 May 1985, 123
Lot 20
LUCANIA, Sybaris. Circa 550-510 BC. Stater (Silver, 30mm, 7.98 g 12). VM Bull standing to left on dotted ground line, head turned back to right; border of dots. Rev. Bull standing to right on dotted ground line; around, border of rays; all incuse. HN III 1729. SNG ANS 834 ff. Sharply struck and with an attractive patina as found. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Ex Glendining & Baldwin’s, 1986, 42
Lot 21
LUCANIA, Thourioi. Circa 400-350 BC. Distater (Silver, 25mm, 15.96 g 8). Head of Athena to left, wearing helmet adorned, on the bowl, with Skylla raising her right hand as if to shade her eyes as she looks off in the distance; behind neck, ΙΔ. Rev. ΘΟΥΡΙΩΝ Bull butting to right; in exergue, fish to right; on the bull’s flank, graffito ΑΠ. HN III 1805. Noe F 30. Toned and attractive, but both sides somewhat lightly struck. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Ex Naville V, 1923, 587
Lot 22
LUCANIA, Velia. Circa 535-510 BC. Drachm (Silver, 13mm, 3.89 g). Forepart of lion to right, devouring leg of stag. Rev. Incuse square. Dewing 451. HN III 1259. Williams 13b (O9/R6, this coin illustrated). A beautifully toned coin with a fine pedigree. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3700 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
A most attractive Stater from Kaulonia
Lot 23
BRUTTIUM, Kaulonia. Circa 475-425 BC. Stater (Silver, 21mm, 8.04 g 6). ΚΑVΛ (retrograde) Apollo, nude, his hair bound with a taenia, advancing to right, with a laurel branch in his upraised right hand and a daimon running to right on his outstretched left arm. Rev. ΚΑVΛ (retrograde) Stag standing to right; to right, laurel branch. HN III 2046. Noe, Caulonia 84. Clear, well struck and lightly toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 24
BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Circa 300-250 BC. Octobol or Half stater (Silver, 16mm, 2.80 g 4), of reduced weight. Youthful and beardless male head to right, wearing a taenia. Rev. ΚΡΟ Owl with closed wings standing left; at feet to left, grain ear on stalk. HN III 2195. SNG ANS 421. SNG Copenhagen 1809. An attractive, sharply struck and very nicely toned example. Slightly misshapen flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 25
SICILY, Gela. Circa 450-440 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 29mm, 16.45 g 5). Quadriga driven slowly to right by a bearded charioteer; above, Nike flying right to crown the horses; in exergue, palmette with tendrils. Rev. ϹΕΛΑΣ Forepart of man-headed bull to right. Gulbenkian 199. Jenkins, Gela 354 (same dies). Rizzo pl. XVII, 20. SNG ANS 65 (same dies). Toned and attractive. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
A rare Tetradrachm from Leontini
Lot 26
SICILY, Leontini. Circa 430-425 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26mm, 17.92 g 3). Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΛEONTINON Head of a lion with open jaws to right; around, four barley grains. Boehringer, Leontinoi, 63 & SNG ANS 255 & SNG Oxford 1798 (all from the same dies). Nicely toned and from a rare obverse die with a head of Apollo of particularly fine style. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Ex H. H. Kricheldorf 30, 1976, 52
Lot 27
SICILY, Selinos. Circa 455-440 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 22mm, 8.50 g 11). Σ-E-ΛI-N-ONT-IO-Σ Herakles striding right, holding club overhead in his right hand, preparing to strike the Cretan Bull, leaping right, which he holds by the horn with his left hand. Rev. HYΨ-AΣ The river god Hypsas standing left, holding olive branch in his left hand and, in his right, phiale, from which he pours a libartion over a serpent-entwined altar to left; to right, heron walking right with selinon leaf above. SNG ANS 704 and SNG Oxford 1899 (from the same dies). Obverse struck from a slightly worn die as usual, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 28
SICILY, Syracuse. Circa 470 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 20mm, 8.30 g 6). Nude and bearded horseman riding to right, leading a spare horse on his left. Rev. ΣΥΡA - KOΣ - ION Head of Arethusa to right, wearing necklace and pearl diadem, her hair tied up in a krobylos that is bound up and falls over the diadem; around, three dolphins swimming clockwise. Boehringer 98 (same dies). Rizzo p. 34, 23. SNG ANS 26 (same dies). A rare coin of lovely style, beautifully toned and perfectly centered. Some surface roughness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5200 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 29
SICILY, Syracuse. Circa 475-470. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24mm, 17.45 g 7). Quadriga walking to right, driver holds the reins in his left hand and his goad in his right; above, Nike flying right to crown the horses. Rev. ΣVRΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ (retrograde) Head of Arethusa to right, wearing necklace and diadem of pearls, and with her hair drawn up at the back; around, four dolphins swimming clockwise to right. Boehringer 346. Randazzo 516 (same dies). Nicely toned, but struck from a slightly worn obverse die. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Ex Hirsch XXXII, 1912, 185
Lot 30
SICILY, Syracuse. 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24mm, 17.27 g 2), c. 450. Charioteer driving quadriga walking to right, holding goad in his right hand and the reins in both; above, Nike flying right to crown the horses; in exergue, ketos to right. Rev. ΣΥRΑΚΟΣΙ - Ο - Ν Head of Arethusa to right, wearing a pearl diadem, a simple drop earring and a pearl necklace; around, four dolphins swimming to right. Boehringer 519.2 (this coin). Dewing 801(= Boehringer 519.6). SNG ANS 167 (= Boehringer 519.3). Attractively toned. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Of great rarity and with a good pedigree
Lot 31
SICILY, Syracuse. Hieron II (?), 275-215 BC. Dekadrachm (Gold, 15mm, 4.26 g 12), c. 275-270 (?), or perhaps earlier, c. 278-275. Head of Kore-Persephone to left, wearing wreath of reeds, pendant earring and pearl necklace; behind neck, Β. Rev. [Σ]ΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩ[Ν] Nike driving biga galloping to right; above, eight-pointed star. Giesecke pl. 24, 3 (same dies). Jameson 870 (same dies). Of great rarity, one of a very few examples known, and of elegant and attractive style. Very minor flatness on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
With an impressive head of Pan
Lot 32
CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS. Pantikapaion. Circa 340-325 BC. Drachm (Silver, 15 mm, 3.49 g, 11 h). Bearded head of Pan to left, turned three-quarters facing to front. Rev. Π - Α - Ν Bull’s head to left, turned slightly to front. Anokhin 121. MacDonald 57. SNGBM 880. SNG Stancomb 548. Toned, attractive and boldly struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
An extremely fine multiple Chalkous from Pantikapaion
Lot 33
CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS, Pantikapaion. Circa 310-304/3 BC. Multiple chalkous (Bronze, 21mm, 6.01 g 12). Bearded head of Pan to right. Rev. Π - Α - Ν Forepart of a winged griffin to left; below, sturgeon swimming to left. Macdonald 69. SNG BM 870. SNG Copenhagen 30. A beautiful, sharply struck coin with a fine dark patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
A Lysimachos Tetradrachm from Lysimacheia
Lot 34
KINGS of THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27mm, 16.92 g 11), Lysimacheia, c. 297/6-282/1 or shortly thereafter. Diademed head of Alexander the Great to right with horn of Ammon over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated to left on throne, leaning her left elbow on her shield and holding Nike, crowning the king’s name, in her right; behind, transverse spear without point; on inner left, lion’s head to left; on throne, monogram. Müller 58. Thompson 15/16 var. A boldly struck coin with a fine portrait. Some black deposits, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Beautifully toned and unusually nice Tetradrachm of Skostokos
Lot 35
KINGS of THRACE. Skostokos, 260/55-245 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27mm, 17.03 g 12), Kabyle (?). Diademed head of Alexander the Great to right with horn of Ammon over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated left on throne, resting her left elbow on her shield and holding Nike crowning the king’s name in her outstretched right hand; behind, transverse spear; in inner left field, globe on pillar. Fischer-Bossert, RBN 151 (2005), 20 (same dies, note the spear point that goes through the second Υ). Beautifully toned and unusually nice. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Impressive Oktadrachm of Alexander I
Lot 36
KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander I, 498-454 BC. Oktadrachm (Silver, 28mm, 27.53 g), c. 492-480/79 BC. Horseman walking right, wearing petasos and holding two transverse spears, on the far side of a horse who he is leading slowly to the right. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. AMNG III, p. 49, 7 (Bisaltai). HPM pl. XII, 1 (Bisaltai). Raymond pl. II, 4 (same dies). SNG ANS 1. Lightly toned, attractive and boldly struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 15000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Lot 37
KINGS of MACEDON. Philip II, 359-336 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25mm, 14.46 g 10), Amphipolis, struck c. 315/4-295/4. Laureate head of Zeus to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ Young jockey, holding palm branch and reins, riding horse to right; below horse, thunderbolt over Ζ; below horse’s foreleg, dolphin to right. Le Rider pl. 48, 5. An attractive, very well-centered piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 38
KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. 1/4 Stater (Gold, 9mm, 2.17 g 11), ‘Amphipolis’, c. 330 - c. 320. Helmeted head of Athena to right; crest ornamented with a serpent. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝ / ΔΡΟΥ Thunderbolt, bow and club. Price 165. An attractive, sharply struck and lustrous example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
An attractively toned Tetradrachm from Byblos
Lot 39
KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27mm, 17.15 g 12), Byblos (or Arados?), c. 330-320 (or c. 320-315 ?). Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on backless throne, holding long scepter with his left hand and eagle in his right; to left, monogram of ΑΡ. Price 3426. SNG Munich 745. SNG Oxford 3009. An attractive, lightly toned piece struck in high relief. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
A virtually perfect Drachm of Alexander III
Lot 40
KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17mm, 4.28 g 2), Miletos, c. 325-323. Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion’s skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated on backless throne to left, holding eagle in his right hand and scepter in his left; to left, monogram of ΔΗ. Price 2090. A virtually perfect piece, well-struck in high relief and well-centered. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 41
KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16mm, 4.11 g 1), uncertain mint in Asia Minor, c. 323-280. Head of Herakles in lion skin headdress to right. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on backless throne, holding eagle in his right hand and long scepter in his left; to left, lion’s head facing; below throne, wheat grain. Price 2701(with the wheat grain described as being in the field, in error). A clear, attractively toned piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 280 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 42
KINGS of MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Stater (Gold, 17mm, 8.62 g 12), under Philip III, Sidon, year 12 (M) = 322/1. Helmeted head of Athena to left, with serpent coiled on the helmet bowl. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Nike standing left, holding wreath in her right hand and stylis in her left; to left, below wing, Μ. Price 3497. Attractive and clear. Tip of Athena’s helmet at the edge of the coin, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 43
KINGS OF MACEDON. Demetrios I Poliorketes, 306-283 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 17.37 g, 2 h), Amphipolis, c. 289-288. Diademed head of Demetrios to right, with bull’s horn above his forehead. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΔΗΜΗΤΡΙΟΥ Poseidon, nude, standing to left, his right foot on a rock, holding a trident with his left hand and resting his right on his right thigh; in outer field to right, monogram of ΔΡ; in outer field to left, monogram of ΕΥΦ. Newell 124 (dies CXXI/251 = BMFA 710, same dies). Well-centered, toned and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Apparently the better of the two known examples
Lot 44
THESSALY, Atrax. Early 4th century BC. Trihemiobol (Silver, 14mm, 1.36 g 7). Horseman on horse trotting slowly to right, wearing kausia, short tunic and with a clock over his shoulders and raising his right hand over his horse’s head. Rev. ΑΤΡΑΓΙ - Ο - Ν (last two letters retrograde) Bull walking to right, his head turned slightly forward. Triton XV (BCD II), 3 January 2012, 50 (same dies). Extremely rare, apparently the better of the two known examples and of wonderful style. The usual rough surfaces, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Extremely rare and of elegant style
Lot 45
THESSALY, Krannon. Late 5th or early 4th century BC. Hemiobol (Silver, 8mm, 0.44 g 7). ΠΙ Young male head wearing petasos to right. Rev. Κ-Ρ-Α Horse’s head and neck to right, turned very slightly front. BCD 1437.1 (same dies). Extremely rare and of elegant style. Usual rough surfaces, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
The second known example
Lot 46
THESSALY, Larissa. Circa 375 BC. Trihemiobol (?) (Silver, 10mm, 1.15 g 4), Plei..... Head of the nymph Larissa to right, her hair rolled at the back, wearing a pendant earring. Rev. ΛΑΡΙ / ΠΛΕΙ Bull butting to right. BCD (Triton XV), 275. Of the greatest rarity, the second example known, unpublished except for the BCD catalogue. Slightly rough surfaces, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
Unpublished except for the BCD catalogue
Lot 47
THESSALY, Pagasai. Mid 4th century BC. Hemiobol (Silver, 8mm, 0.36 g 1). Laureate head of Apollo Pagasaios to right. Rev. Π-Α / Γ-Α Six-stringed lyre; all within shallow incuse circle. BCD 1223 (same dies). Of great rarity, unpublished except for the BCD catalogue. Rough surfaces, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Rare and with a reverse of outstanding stylistic elegance
Lot 48
THESSALY, Peirasia. Early to mid 4th century. Obol (Silver, 12mm, 0.86 g 7). Youthful male head to left,wearing taenia. Rev. ΠΕΙ - [ΡΑ-ΣΙ-ΕΩΝ] Warrior advancing left, seen from behind, nude but for his helmet, with shield over his left arm and a couched spear held in his right. Pendleton O2 (O2/R2, these dies). Rare. With a reverse of outstanding stylistic elegance. Usual rough surfaces, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
The second known example
Lot 49
THESSALY, Phaloria (?). Late 5th - early 4th century BC. Obol (Silver, 11mm, 0.91 g 12). Horse trotting to left, with fallen rein. Rev. ΦΑ[Λ] Bull butting to left. Unpublished save for Nomos 4, 2011, 1275 (same dies, but there ascribed to Pharkadon). Of great rarity, the second example known. Surfaces very slightly rough and with a die break at the top center of the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 50
THESSALY, Pherai. Early to mid 4th century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 13mm, 2.24 g 6). Head of Ennodia to left, wearing earring in the form of a cornucopiae (?). Rev. ΦΕΡΑΙ-ΟΝ Lion’s head fountain spout to right, pouring forth water. BCD II, Triton XV, 691.2 (same dies). SNG Alpha Bank 259. Clear and well-struck with an attractive, dark patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
An extremely rare Hemidrachm of Alexander, Tyrant
Lot 51
THESSALY, Pherai. Alexander, Tyrant, 369-359 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 15mm, 2.84 g 5). Youthful head of Jason to left, wearing petasos. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑ - ΝΔΡΕΙΟΝ Horse’s hoof and lower leg to right. BCD 1312 and Traité IV, 617, pl. CCXCIV, 18 (same dies?). Extremely rare. Well centered and attractive. Slightly rough, crystallized surfaces, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 9500 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 52
THESSALY, Pherai. Alexander, Tyrant, 369-359 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 13mm, 2.87 g 6). Forepart of a bull to right, his head facing front. Rev. [ΑΛΕΞΑΝ]-ΔΡΟΥ Forepart of horse to right. Cf. BCD 1315. BCD II 708.1. Sharply struck with a dark patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Extremely rare and the second example known
Lot 53
THESSALY, Skotussa. Circa 394-367 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 12mm, 1.87 g 3). Head of youthful, beardless Herakles to left, wearing lion skin headdress. Rev. Σ - Κ Kantharos. BCD II, 739.1 (same dies). Extremely rare, the second example known. Dark patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 54
THESSALY, Skotussa. Circa 394-367 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 14mm, 3.97 g 12). Head of youthful, beardless Herakles to left, wearing lion skin headdress. Rev. Σ - ΚΟ / ΦΠΑ Forepart of bridled horse to right, his head slightly lowered; all within shallow circular incuse. BCD 1337 (same dies). Rogers 541. SNG Copenhagen 255. Boldly struck and with a dark patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Very rare Dichalkon from Ambrakia
Lot 55
EPEIROS, Ambrakia. Circa 236-168 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 18mm, 4.53 g 5). Head of bearded Acheloos to right. Rev. ΑΜΒΡΑ Crab; above, monogram. BMC 18. CNG E-sale 98, 27 (same dies). SNG Evelpides 1772. Very rare, and normally found in poor condition. Flan fault on the obverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Unpublished and totally unknown Drachm from the Aitolian League
Lot 56
AITOLIA, Aitolian League. Circa 250-225 BC. Drachm (Silver, 18mm, 5.51 g 2). Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, pendant earring and pearl necklace, her hair falling down in two straight ringlets. Rev. ΑΙΤΩΛΩΝ Boar at bay to left; below, uncertain letter or monogram; in exergue, spear head to left. BCD Akarnania -. Tsangari -. Unpublished and unknown. Corroded and harshly cleaned, otherwise, nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 57
LOKRIS, Lokris Opuntii. 350s BC. Stater (Silver, 23mm, 12.07 g 12). Head of Demeter to left, wearing wreath of grain leaves and triple-pendant earring. Rev. ΟΠΟΝ - ΤΙΩΝ Ajax, nude but for helmet, moving right, holding short sword in his right hand and, in his left, shield adorned with a serpent on the inside; below, on ground, two spears. BCD 41 (same dies). Dewing 1476. A pretty coin of lovely style. Light graffito Π on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Of great rarity and one of only four known examples
Lot 58
PHOKIS, Delphi. Amphictionic issues, circa 336-334 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 14mm, 2.94 g 1). Veiled head of Demeter to left, wearing wreath of grain leaves. Rev. ΑΜΦΙΚΤ - ΙΟΝΩΝ Serpent coiled to right around omphalos covered by a net of woolen cords. BCD 389. SNG Berry 585. Of great rarity, one of only four known examples. Slightly rough surfaces and faint traces of overstriking, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 15000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 59
BOEOTIA, Orchomenos. Circa 395-364 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 12mm, 2.56 g). Boeotian shield. Rev. ΕΡΧ Inscription within wheat wreath tied at the bottom. BCD Boiotia 220. SNG Copenhagen 200. A pleasant piece. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
From the collection of H. de Nanteuil
Lot 60
BOEOTIA, Thebes. Circa 425-400 BC. Stater (Silver, 20mm, 12.12 g). Boeotian shield. Rev. Θ Ε Amphora with fluted decoration on the shoulder; hanging from the right handle, ivy leaf; above, club. BCD -, but cf. 391. Nanteuil 893 (this coin). A beautifully toned and very attractive coin. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 61
ATTICA, Athens. Circa 440s-430s BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24mm, 17.20 g 11). Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves and palmette, round earring and pearl necklace. Rev. AΘE Owl standing to right, head facing the viewer; to left, olive sprig and crescent moon; all within incuse square. Agora 8. Dewing 1596 ff. Svoronos pl. 13, 21 ff. A well struck example of fine style. Some minor traces of die rust on the obverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
A very sharp and well-struck piece
Lot 62
ATTICA, Athens. Circa 430s-420s BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 23mm, 17.19 g 7). Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves and palmette, round earring and pearl necklace. Rev. ΑΘΕ Owl standing right, head facing; behind, olive spray and crescent moon; all within incuse square. Agora 8c. Svoronos pl. 15, 37 var. A very sharp and well-struck piece. Some traces of die rust on the obverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
A bold and attractive piece of particular style
Lot 63
ATTICA, Athens. Circa 420-405 or very early 4th century. Tetradrachm (Silver, 21mm, 17.20 g 9). Helmeted head of Athena to right. Rev. ΑΘΕ Owl standing right, head facing; behind, olive spray and crescent moon. Cf. Svoronos pls. 17, 24 and 19, 3 and 5. A bold and attractive piece, very nicely centered. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Extremely rare and important Archaic Stater from Corinth
Lot 64
CORINTHIA, Corinth. Circa 560/550 BC. Stater (Silver, 20mm, 8.85 g). Pegasus flying to left, with curled wing; below, Ϙ. Rev. Incuse of millsail pattern. ACGC 220. BCD -. Ravel 19. Extremely rare and important. Slightly rough surfaces and with an obverse struck from a slightly worn die, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 24000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 65
CORINTHIA, Corinth. Circa 550-500 BC. Drachm (Silver, 15mm, 2.72 g). Ϙ Pegasos flying left with curved wing. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square in the form of a swastika. BCD Corinth 7 (same dies). BMC 29. A very attractive, well-centered and well-preserved example. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 66
CORINTHIA, Corinth. Circa 375-300 BC. Stater (Silver, 19mm, 8.61 g 6), Ar... Ϙ Pegasos flying left with straight wings. Rev. Α Ρ Head of Aphrodite to left, wearing Corinthian helmet adorned with a laurel branch and twig on the bowl; behind her neck, plow. BCD Corinth 108 var. Calciati 441. Clear, lightly toned and well-centered. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 67
CORINTHIA, Corinth. Circa 375-300 BC. Stater (Silver, 21mm, 8.59 g 11), Di... Ϙ Pegasos flying left with straight wings. Rev. Δ - Ι Head of Aphrodite to left, wearing pearl necklace and Corinthian helmet with leather neck guard; to right, behind head, Zeus seated to left, holding eagle in his left hand and brandishing thunderbolt in his left. BCD Corinth 131. Calciati 450. Ravel 1075b. A lovely, toned and well-centered example. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 68
SIKYONIA, Sikyon. Circa 450-425 BC. Hemiobol (Silver, 8mm, 0.41 g 2). Dove walking to left with closed wings. Rev. Η - Σ Dove walking to left with open wings. BCD Peloponnesos 172. A lovely, beautifully centered example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Extremely rare and one of five examples known
Lot 69
MESSENIA, Messene. Late 2nd - early 1st centuries BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 15mm, 2.41 g 3). Laureate head of Zeus to right. Rev. ΜΕΣ within olive wreath with ties at the bottom. BCD Peloponnesos -. Grandjean Serie X, Emission α, D57/R79 (same dies). Extremely rare, one of five examples known, of which two, one in the ANS and one in Berlin, share these dies. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
An extremely rare Obol from Kleitor
Lot 70
ARKADIA, Kleitor. Circa 460-440 BC. Obol (Silver, 9mm, 1.03 g). Forepart of bridled horse to right. Rev. Incuse of mill-sail pattern with four raised and four sunken triangles. BCD Peloponnesos 1416 = SNG Lockett 2519 = Weber 2323 (same dies). Extremely rare. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 280 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
An extremely rare Hemiobol from Pallantion
Lot 71
ARKADIA, Pallantion. Late 5th - early 4th centuries BC. Hemiobol (Silver, 8mm, 0.47 g 9). Bare head of the eponymous hero Pallas to right. Rev. Ε / ΠΑΛ (retrograde) all within an incuse square. BCD Peloponnesos -. BMC 1 = Traité III, 994. Extremely rare. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Extremely rare and one of, perhaps, six known examples
Lot 72
CRETE, Chersonesos. 330-300 BC. Stater (Silver, 25mm, 10.86 g 1). Laureate head of Zeus to right, with long locks of hair falling down the back of his neck. Rev. ΧΕΡΣΟΝΑΣΙΩΝ Artemis-Britomartis seated left on high-backed throne; draped, resting her left hand on the throne and holding, in her right hand, a stag leaping to left. Babelon, Traité 1479 and pl. CCXLVI. 23. Le Rider -, but see p. 17, n. 2 and pl. XXXIV, 15 (=BM ex Evans, AC XII, 1926, 1585). Extremely rare, one of, perhaps, six known examples, four of which being in museums. Some corrosion and somewhat crudely struck on a very irregular flan; otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
A very rare and enigmatic variety
Lot 73
CRETE, Gortyna. Circa 330-270 BC. Stater (Silver, 24mm, 11.42 g 10). Europa, nude to the waist, seated facing in plane tree, raising her veil with her right hand and, with her left, holding an eagle with spread wings in her lap; underneath her at the left, bull’s head to left. Rev. Bull standing to right, swishing his tail and with his head turned back to left. BMC 30 = Svoronos p. 168, 84 and pl. XV, 7 (this obverse die). Künker 136, 2008, 81 (same dies). Le Rider -. A very rare and enigmatic variety. Some striking faults but attractive and clear. Traces of overstriking as usual, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 74
CRETE, Gortyna. Circa 300-280/70 BC. Drachm (Silver, 19mm, 5.68 g 6). Large head of Europa to right, wearing pendant earring and pearl necklace, and with her hair bound with grain leaves. Rev. Protome of a bull to right, his head turned slightly toward the viewer. BMC 38. Le Rider pl. XX, 17. Svoronos p. 169, 93 and pl. XV, 12. A bold, well-struck and unusually nice example. Some black deposits, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1050 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 75
CRETE, Gortyna. Circa 300-280/70 BC. Drachm (Silver, 19mm, 5.76 g 6). Small head of Europa to right, wearing pendant earring and pearl necklace, and with her hair bound with grain leaves. Rev. Protome of a bull to right, his head turned toward the viewer. Cf. BMC 38 and Svoronos p. 169, 93 and pl. XV, 12. A most attractive, toned example with an unusually small and well engraved head of Europa on the obverse. Usual traces of overstriking, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Rare and struck in high relief
Lot 76
CRETE. Itanos. Circa 350-320 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 11.62 g, 3 h). Head of Athena to left, wearing a crested Attic helmet adorned with two olive leaves on the visor and a palmette on a tendril on the bowl. Rev. [Ι]ΤΑΝΙ[ΩΝ or ΟΝ] Eagle with folded wings standing left, his head turned back to right; all within shallow incuse square. Svoronos p. 204, 24-25 and pl. XIX, 10. Rare. Toned, attractive and in high relief. Struck from slightly worn dies, otherwise, very good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1550 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
A lovely Hemidrachm from Itanos
Lot 77
CRETE, Itanos. Circa 320-270 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 15mm, 2.71 g 12). Head of Athena to right, wearing a crested Attic helmet adorned with two olive leaves on the visor and a palmette on a tendril on the bowl. Rev. [Ι]ΤΑΝΙΩ - Ν Eagle with folded wings standing left, his head turned back to right; all within shallow incuse square. BMC 17. Svoronos p. 205, 32 and pl. XIX, 15. Traité 1430 and pl. CCXLV, 2. A lovely, sharply struck and toned example of excellent style. Some horn silver as found and striking flatness on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
One of the rarest Staters from Knossos
Lot 78
CRETE, Knossos. Circa 360-320 BC. Stater (Silver, 24mm, 11.66 g 2). Female head to left, perhaps Persephone, wearing wreath of reeds, triple-pendant earring and a pearl necklace. Rev. ΚΝΟΣ - [ΙΟΝ] (the first, visible, Ν retrograde) Head of a bull facing; all within a square formed by a maeander pattern (’the labyrinth’); above, ΝΑΓ (the Ν retrograde). Ars Classica XII, 1926, 1591 (same obverse die). Le Rider pl. III, 1 (same obverse die). Cf. Svoronos p. 67, 16 and pl. V, 1. Very rare. Considerable traces of overstriking, obverse struck from a worn die, with a somewhat double struck reverse, and with some remaining horn silver. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 900 CHF
The archer Kydon
Lot 79
CRETE, Kydonia. Circa 320-270 BC. Stater (Silver, 20mm, 11.60 g 7). Head of a maenad to left, wearing a vine wreath. Rev. ΚΥ[ΔΩΝ] The archer Kydon standing left, stringing his bow. Gorny & Mosch 232, 2015, 239 (same dies, but at an earlier state). Cf. Le Rider pl. X, 1-5. Svoronos p. 103, 24 and cf. pl. IX, 15. Struck from a worn and damaged obverse die. Uncleaned as found, otherwise, nearly very fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 425 CHF
A rare and impressive Stater from Lyttos
Lot 80
CRETE, Lyttos. Circa 320-270 BC. Stater (Silver, 25mm, 11.31 g 1). Eagle flying to right, with open wings and holding an object of prey (a fish head?) in its talons. Rev. ΛΥ Boar’s head to right, within a linear square contained within a shallow, incuse square. Le Rider pl. XXXIII, 1 = Svoronos p. 235, 56 and pl. XXII, 2 = Traité pl. CCXLVII, 13. A rare variety. Well struck and well centered. Uncleaned and with even, dark deposits as found; otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
A very rare variety known by only three examples
Lot 81
CRETE, Lyttos. Circa 320-270 BC. Stater (Silver, 21mm, 11.47 g 10). Eagle, with spread wings, standing to right, preparing to fly. Rev. ΛΥΚ / ΤΙΟΝ Boar’s head to right; within deep and somewhat irregular incuse square. Le Rider -. Cf. Svoronos pl. XXII, 7 (obverse). A rare variety; bold and attractive. Overstruck, with traces of an undertype on the obverse; otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
A very rare Stater from Phaistos
Lot 82
CRETE, Phaistos. Circa 330-320 BC. Stater (Silver, 27mm, 11.43 g 10). 𐅝ΕΛΧΑΝΟΣ (retrograde) The nude figure of a young man, Velchanos, seated left within a tree; holding a rooster, standing on his right knee, with his right hand, and resting his left on his seat. Rev. ΦΑΙΣΤΙΟΝ Bull, with head lowered, butting to right. Le Rider p. 91, 38 and pl. XXII, 20. Svoronos p. 259, 29 and pl. XXIII, 24. Very rare and of elegant style. Dark patina as found and with traces of overstriking; otherwise, good very fine or better.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Overstruck on a contemporary Hemidrachm from Argos
Lot 83
CRETE, Polyrhenion. Circa 320-270 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 17mm, 2.70 g 2). ΠΥΘΟΔΩΡΟΥ Head of Artemis Diktynna (?) to left, wearing triple pendant earring, pearl necklace and with her hair bound up and tied into a sakkos ornamented with stars at the back. Rev. [ΠΟΛ] Bull’s head facing, with fillets hanging from its horns. Le Rider pl. XXVIII, 37. Svoronos p. 278, 15 and pl. XXVI, 4. An attractive piece, clear and well-struck. Overstruck on a contemporary hemidrachm from Argos. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
An excellent piece of unusually fine Classical style
Lot 84
CRETE, Rhaukos. Circa 330-270 BC. Stater (Silver, 26mm, 11.36 g 12). Poseidon, nude but for his wreath, standing right, holding a trident in his right hand and the reins of his horse, standing right behind him with his right fore hoof raised. Rev. ΡΑ-ΥΚ-[ΙΟΝ] (retrograde) Trident with points downward. Gorny & Mosch 232, 2015, 247 (same dies). Le Rider pl. VI, 7-8. Svoronos Suppl. 58 = pl. 13, 8 (same dies). An excellent, clear piece with an obverse of unusually fine Classical style. Reverse lightly struck, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Very rare Stater from Tylisos
Lot 85
CRETE, Tylisos. 4th century BC. Stater (Silver, 23mm, 11.32 g 12). Head of Hera to right, wearing mural crown, elaborate earring and pearl necklace. Rev. ΤΥΛ-ΙΣΙΟΣ (retrograde) Apollo, nude, standing left, holding phiale in his outstretched right hand and his bow in his left; beneath his right arm, Α. Le Rider -. Cf. Svoronos p. 330, 11 and pl. XXXI, 7 (without the Α on the reverse). Very rare. Struck on a broad flan and with a fine head of Hera. As found, with a covering of horn silver on the obverse encrusted with earth, and with a typically crude reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Very rare and with a life-like portrait of Pharnakes I
Lot 86
KINGS of PONTOS. Pharnakes I, circa 200/185-169 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17mm, 4.17 g 12). Diademed head of Pharnakes to right, with short beard and mustache. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΦΑΡΝΑΚΟΥ Uncertain male figure standing facing: he wears a floppy petasos and drapery reaching down to his knees; above his head, horizontal thunderbolt; he holds a kerykeion and a cornucopiae with his left hand and, with his right, a vine branch from which a deer feeds, standing right at his feet; in inner field to left, star within crescent. De Callataÿ O1/R1 (same dies) = SNG von Aulock 3. Very rare. An attractive coin, with a superb portrait, well struck and well centered on a broad flan. Slightly rough surfaces, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
A splendid Tetradrachm of Mithradates VI
Lot 87
KINGS of PONTOS. Mithradates VI Eupator, Circa 120-63 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30mm, 16.76 g 12), Pergamon (?), year 231 = 67/6 BC. Diademed head of Mithradates VI to right, his hair streaming out behind. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ // ΜΙΘΡΑΔΑΤΟΥ / ΕΥΠΑΤΟΡΟΣ / ΑΛΣ Stag feeding to left; to left, star within crescent; to right, monogram; all within ivy wreath. DCA 692. De Callataÿ p. 20 (these dies not noted, but cf. D77). RG pl. 20, 6. A splendid piece, struck on a broad flan. Metal defect on cheek, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 88
MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 500-450 BC. Hekte (Electrum, 10mm, 2.69 g). Panther moving to left on tunny to left. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. BMFA 1472. Jameson 2175. SNG Paris 219. Von Fritze 86. An attractive and clear example. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 89
MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 500-450 BC. Hekte (Electrum, 10mm, 2.68 g). Nude male figure kneeling to left, holding a tunny by the tail with his right hand. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. BMFA 1488. SNG France cf. 253 (stater). Von Fritze I 112. Very nicely centered and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
A rare Hekte from Kyzikos
Lot 90
MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 500-450 BC. Hekte (Electrum, 10mm, 2.70 g). Facing gorgoneion; tunny fish to left. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Von Fritze I 129. Rare. Well-struck and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 91
MYSIA, Kyzikos. 5th-4th century BC. Stater (Electrum, 19x15mm, 16.09 g). Youthful Dionysos reclining left, on the back of a panther moving to right, holding a kantharos in his extended right hand and resting his left on the side of the panther; to left, below knee, tip of his thyrsos; below, over panther’s legs, tunny fish left. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. BMFA 1541. SNG Paris 302-303. Von Fritze 155. Lightly toned. A clear and well-centered example. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 92
TROAS, Lamponeia. 4th century BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 12mm, 1.85 g 12). Bearded head of Dionysos to right, probably wearing a simple taenia (not a wreath as has been stated). Rev. Λ-Α-Μ Bucranium within shallow incuse square. BMC 2. Minor die break on the obverse and some surface roughness. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Ex Bank Leu 2, 1972, 237
Lot 93
LESBOS, Unattributed early mint. Circa 500-450 BC. Stater (Billon, 18mm, 11.29 g). Two calf’s heads confronted, forming a single facing head; between them, laurel tree. Rev. Incuse square. SNG Copenhagen 285. SNG von Aulock 1682. Traité I, pl. XV, 14. Toned and very clearly struck. With a fascinating optical illusion on the obverse. Unusually well-preserved. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2200 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
A very rare and well struck Hekte from Mytilene
Lot 94
LESBOS, Mytilene. Circa 478-455 BC. Hekte (Electrum, 10mm, 2.48 g). ΛΕ Head of a lion to right, with closed mouth. Rev. Head of a bull to right, incuse. Bodenstedt 28. Traité II, 2132 and pl. CLIX, 7. Very rare. Well struck in high relief. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Apparently unpublished save for an example in Gemini VI
Lot 95
IONIA, Uncertain. Circa 600-550 BC. Hekte (Electrum, 10mm, 2.78 g), Phocaean standard. Ibex, or goat, kneeling to left, his head turned back to right. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Apparently unpublished save for an example, from the same dies, that appeared as lot 158 in Gemini VI, 2010. A lovely piece, with an expressive and archaic-looking caprid. Well struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Extremely rare and boldly struck Hekte from Phokaia (?)
Lot 96
IONIA, Uncertain, perhaps Phokaia. Circa 600-550 BC. Hekte (Electrum, 9mm, 2.75 g). Facing head of a lioness (or a panther?); above, here off the flan, seal to right. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Rosen 312 (= MM 72, 75). SNG Copenhagen 329 (Uncertain Asia Minor). Cf. Weidauer 159-161 (variant obverse and with two reverse punches) and 162-165 (hemihektes). Extremely rare and boldly struck. Struck on a short flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Extremely fine Drachm from Ephesos
Lot 97
IONIA, Ephesos. Circa 202-150 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16mm, 4.15 g 12), Monimos. E - Φ Bee with straight open wings. Rev. ΜΟΝΙΜΟΣ Stag standing right; behind, palm tree. SNG von Aulock 7828. Clear and well-struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Among the finest Drachms from Miletos
Lot 98
IONIA, Miletos. Circa 340-325 BC. Drachm (Silver, 14mm, 3.61 g 1), Diagoras. Laureate head of Apollo to left. Rev. ΔΙΑΓΟΡΑΣ Lion standing left, his head turned back to right; above, 8-pointed star; to left, Miletos monogram; in exergue, magistrate’s name. Demeester 122 (this coin). Cf. Deppert 148 (same obverse die). A truly spectacular example of this issue, perfectly struck, beautifully preserved and finely toned. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 99
IONIA, Miletos. Circa 340-325 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16mm, 3.51 g 12). Laureate head of Apollo to left. Rev. ΟΡΝΥΜΕΝΟ[Σ] Lion standing left, his head turned back to right; above, 8-pointed star; to left, Miletos monogram; in exergue, magistrate’s name. Deppert 197. Nicely toned and with a head of Apollo of fine style and high relief. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
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