nomos 16
10 May 2018
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 1
CELTIC, Southern Gaul. Volcae-Tectosages. Circa 121-52 BC. Drachm (Silver, 15 mm, 2.89 g, 4 h), "à la tête cubiste". Male head to left, of "cubist" style; before, two dolphins. Rev. Cross with an ornament in each quarter, including an axe on the lower left. Savès 12. Toned and with a dramatically impressive head on the obverse. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 275 CHF
Lot 2
CELTIC, Southern Gaul. Tolostates. Circa 52 BC. Drachm (Silver, 15 mm, 2.57 g, 7 h), "drachme à la tête négroïde". Stylized male head to left. Rev. Stylized cross ('rose seen from below'). DLT 2986. Savès 75. Boldly struck and nicely toned. Some scratches and marks under the toning, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 3
CELTIC, Southern Gaul. Insubres. Later 3rd - first half 2nd century BC. Drachm (Silver, 14 mm, 3.19 g, 2 h). Wreathed head of Artemis to right, wearing a triple pendant earring and a pearl necklace, and with her hair in small curls. Rev. Lion with scorpion-like head standing to right; above, barbarized pattern of lines imitating an inscription. CCCBM II S17. Pautasso, Contributi, 1970, pl. XVII, 54. SLM 1007. Rare in this condition. A very attractive example, well struck and lightly toned. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 680 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 4
CELTIC, Central Europe. Boii. 3rd/2nd Century BC. 1/8 Stater (Gold, 8 mm, 1.04 g, 2 h). Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet. Rev. Meaningless legend Athena Alkis striding to left, with shield and spear; below left, N. Dembski 496. Kostial 33 and Paulsen pl. 6, 115 (same dies). Very rare. Clearly struck and attractive. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 5
CELTIC, Central Europe. Burgenland and Western Slovakia. later 2nd century BC. Obol (Silver, 10 mm, 0.86 g, 11 h). Horse trotting to right. Rev. Horse trotting to left. Dembski 944. Very rare. Rough surfaces, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
From the Collection of Count Dessewffy
Lot 6
CELTIC, Middle Danube. Uncertain tribe. 2nd century BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 23 mm, 12.58 g, 12 h), The ‘Kroisbach’ type, with diadem and ‘Reiterstumpf’, Burgenland or Western Slovakia. Diademed, beardless male head to right. Rev. Horse prancing to left with the torso of a rider on his back; below, caduceus to left. CCCBM I, xlvii, b, 153. Lanz 743. Nanteuil 26 (this coin). OTA 469.2 (this coin). Beautifully toned and well-struck, a lovely example of great beauty. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Estimate: 6750 CHF
Lot 7
CELTIC, Central Europe. Burgenland and Western Slovakia. Late second century BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 22 mm, 12.14 g, 6 h). Stylized, beardless male head to left, wearing a single-row pearl diadem and with his hair in the form of a triple-row laurel wreath. Rev. Stylized rider on horseback to left. OTA 468. Rauch 92, 2013, 1005 (same obverse die). A rare type of unusually dramatic style. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
The Finest Known, from Prospero and Knoepke
Lot 8
ETRURIA. Populonia. 3rd century BC. 10 Asses (Silver, 17 mm, 4.21 g). Female head to right, with her hair bound up by a broad diadem and wearing a triple-pendant earring; behind, value mark, X. Rev. Plain. HN III 165. Sambon 68a. SNG Paris 41. Vecchi 75.15 (this coin). Splendidly preserved, toned, and perfectly struck on a broad, full, flan, very probably the finest example known. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 15000 CHF
Estimate: 9500 CHF
Lot 9
CAMPANIA. Nuceria Alfaterna. Circa 250-225 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 20 mm, 7.27 g, 5 h). nuvkrinum alafaternum (in Oscan script) Head of Karneios to left, with ram's horn in his hair; behind head, dolphin swimming downwards. Rev. Dioscouros standing facing, his head turned to left, holding the bridle of a horse prancing to left with his right hand and a thyrsos with his left. HN III 608. Sambon 1008. SNG ANS 560 (same dies). SNG Paris 1102 (same dies). Rare, nicely toned and with an impressive pedigree. Both sides very slightly off center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 19000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 10
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 500-490 BC. Stater (Silver, 19 mm, 8.05 g, 10 h). ΤΑΡΑϞ Phalanthos, nude, riding dolphin to right, his left arm outstretched to right and with his hand open, and holding behind him, in his left hand, an octopus; cable border. Rev. ΤΑΡΑϞ (retrograde) Hippocamp to right; below, scallop; border of rays. Fischer-Bossert 23, l (V10/R18, this coin). HN III 827. Vlasto 126 (same obverse die). A very attractive, nicely toned, well-struck, and rare example. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 15000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 11
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 385-380 BC. Stater (Silver, 21 mm, 8.04 g, 9 h). Nude youth, riding on horse standing to left with his right foreleg raised, crowning the horse's head; below horse’s belly, Λ. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Taras riding dolphin to left, holding a kantharos in his outstretched right hand and resting his left on the dolphin's back; below dolphin, Ρ. Fischer-Bossert 457 d (V200/R348, this coin). HN III 875. Kraay & Hirmer 307 (this coin). Toned and of exceptionally fine, classical style, beautifully struck on a full flan. A few very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 12
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 302-280 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 7.84 g, 3 h). On the left, Nike standing facing, turned slightly to the right to grasp the reins and head of a galloping horse ridden to the left by an ephebe, nude but for his helmet, who holds the reins with his right hand and two javelins and a shield in his left. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Taras (Phalanthos) seated astride dolphin to left, partially kneeling on his right knee, propped on the dolphin's back behind the fin, extending his right hand to left and holding, in his left, a small shield inscribed E; in field to left, IOP; below, waves. HN III 963. SNG ANS 1056. Vlasto 679-680. Very attractively toned. Very minor traces of die rust and some slight lightness of strike, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
Lot 13
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 280 BC. Stater (Gold, 17 mm, 8.53 g, 5 h). Laureate and bearded head of Zeus to right; behind neck, monogram of ΝΚ. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΝΤΙΝΩΝ Eagle, with raised wings, standing left on thunderbolt; to left, monogram of ΑΡ; to right, above wings, ΣΩΣΙ. FB G38h (this coin). Gulbenkian 44 = Vlasto 36 (same dies). HN III 983 (same dies). Extremely rare. Beautifully centered and of splendid style. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 55000 CHF
Estimate: 40000 CHF
Lot 14
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 272-240 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 6.39 g, 4 h), D(i) … and Apollonios. Warrior, wearing a lorica and a crested helmet, holding a lance in his right hand and a large round shield in his left, on horse galloping to right; to left, Δ; below, AΠOΛ/Λ[ΩNIOΣ]. Rev. TAPAΣ Phalanthos riding dolphin to left, holding trident over right shoulder and being crowned with wreath by Nike flying towards him; below, waves. HN III 1038. SNG ANS 1216. Vlasto 894. Nicely toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
Lot 15
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 240-228 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 6.57 g, 11 h). Rider, wearing tunic, leaning back and facing front, on horse springing to right; below to right, bucranium with the letters ΣΩ between the horns; below, ΖΩΜΥΡΙΩΝ. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Phalanthos, nude, riding dolphin to left, holding hippocamp in his right hand and trident in his left; to right, head of Pan to left, above monogram of ΕΠ. HN III 1054. SNG ANS 1246 (same dies). Vlasto 940. Nicely toned. Very minor die break on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
One of the First Coins Struck by Metapontum
Lot 16
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 540-510 BC. Stater (Silver, 28 mm, 8.23 g, 12 h). ΜΕΤ Ear of barley with eight grains; around, border of dots within two concentric linear circles. Rev. Ear of barley with eight grains, all incuse; rayed border. HN III 1459. Noe 3. SNG ANS 160. Very attractively toned, a splendid example of one of the very first coins issued by Metapontum. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 17
LUCANIA. Metapontion. Circa 425-375 BC. Obol (Bronze, 21 mm, 6.89 g, 3 h). ΕΥ Hermes, nude, standing to left, wearing petasos and with a cloak over his shoulders; holding a patera in his extended right hand and a kerykeion in his left; to left, at his feet, thymiaterion; in field to right, Ο (= οβολο𝜍). Rev. ΟΒΟΛΟΣ / ΜΕ Ear of barley with leaf to right. HN III 1639. Johnston 3. SNG ANS 552. Clear, well centered and with an attractive dark brow-green patina. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 18
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 400-340 BC. Didrachm or nomos (Silver, 20 mm, 6.90 g, 9 h), Odyl... . Head of Demeter to right, wearing sphendone and pendant earring; behind her neck, ΟΔΥΛ. Rev. ΜΕΤΑ Ear of barley with leaf to right. HN III 1539. Noe 477 (same dies). SNG ANS 361 (same dies). SNG Lloyd 355 (same dies). Toned and with a head of Demeter of great elegance. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 19
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 400-340 BC. Stater (Silver, 21 mm, 7.65 g, 12 h). Head of Demeter facing to left, her hair bound by a net, wearing a double-curved earring and a simple pearl necklace. Rev. METAΠ Ear of barley with a leaf on the right; to right, above the leaf, ivy-leaf. HN III 1546. Noe 519. With a particularly elegant and noble head of Demeter of splendid late classical style. Corrosion on the reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 20
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 400-340 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 7.94 g, 11 h). Head of Demeter to left, her hair bound up on the top of her head, wearing a single pendant earring and a pearl necklace. Rev. META Ear of barley with a leaf on the right; to right, murex shell above a raised tablet bearing the letters ├ HP . HN III 1547, Noe. 526 and SNG Lloyd 365 (same dies). Beautifully toned, very sharply struck and well-centered. Traces of overstriking, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 21
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 340-330 BC. Distater (Silver, 26 mm, 15.58 g, 6 h). Bearded head of Leukippos to right, wearing a Corinthian helmet ornamented with Nike driving a quadriga to right on the bowl and a hippocamp swimming right at the join between the front visor and the back flap. Behind, ΑΠΗ and forepart of a lion to right. Rev. ΜΕΤΑΠΟΝΤΙΝΩΝ Grain ear with leaf to left; above leaf, club; below leaf, ΑΜΙ. HN III 1574. Johnston B1.2. Kraay & Hirmer 242. SNG ANS 430. Very rare. Nicely toned and of elegant style; with a noble head of Leukippos. Minor flan and metal faults, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 24000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 22
LUCANIA. Velia. Circa 300-280 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 21 mm, 7.61 g, 1 h). Head of Athena to left, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with a griffin; above vizor, Δ. Rev. ΥEΛHTΩN Lion walking to right; above, pentagram between Φ - Ι. HN III 1306. SNG Oxford 1330 (same dies). Williams 426 (O211/R300). Beautifully toned, very well-struck and perfectly centered. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 17000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Bought by Leonard Forrer from Jakob Hirsch
Lot 23
BRUTTIUM. The Brettii. 215-214 BC. Hemidrachm (Gold, 12 mm, 2.13 g, 5 h). Head of bearded Herakles to left, wearing lion's skin headdress; to left, below chin, tiny Γ; to right, club with head downwards. Rev. ΒΡΕΤΤΙΩΝ Nike driving biga galloping to right; below, tiny Γ and serpent coiled to right. Arslan AV 5-8. HN III 1953. Scheu G8. SNG ANS 15. SNG Lloyd 540. Very rare. Attractively toned and with a fine, miniature head of Herakles. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 20000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Lot 24
BRUTTIUM. Kaulonia. Circa 525-500 BC. Stater (Silver, 30 mm, 8.33 g, 12 h). ΚΑVΛ Apollo, nude, striding right, brandishing laurel branch in his upraised right hand and, on his outstretched left arm, small figure of a daimon running to right, holding a branch in each of his hands and with his head turned back to look at Apollo; to right, stag standing right, head turned back to left; all within cable border. Rev. As the obverse, but incuse, except for the daimon, branches and stag’s antlers, which are in relief, and with no legend. HN III 2035. Noe, Caulonia Group A, 5. SNG ANS 142. Nicely toned, attractive and clear. Slightly weakly struck and with some striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 14000 CHF
Lot 25
BRUTTIUM. Rhegion. Circa 415/0-387 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 22 mm, 17.35 g, 2 h). Lion’s mask facing. Rev. PHΓINON Laureate head of Apollo to right, with olive sprig behind. Herzfelder 86-89 variant. HN III 2496. A particularly attractive example, beautifully struck and lightly toned. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 30000 CHF
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Lot 26
BRUTTIUM. Terina. Circa 350-275 BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 15 mm, 3.48 g, 11 h). TEPI Head of Nymph to right, wearing reed wreath and a pendant earring. Rev. TEPI Nike seated left on cippus, holding wreath in her right hand. HN III 2651. Holloway & Jenkins 126B. Remarkably well struck and clear, with a dark green patina. Reverse slightly off struck, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 280 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 27
SICILY. Ameselon. Circa 357-340 BC. Hemilitron (Bronze, 16 mm, 4.16 g, 4 h). Horse galloping left. Rev. Eagle flying to left, with spread wings, holding serpent in its talons. Calciati III pg. 336, 6. Very rare. With an attractive, dark, glossy green patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 28
SICILY. Gela. Circa 490/85-480/75 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 18 mm, 8.73 g, 12 h). Bearded horseman, nude, riding right, brandishing spear in his upraised right hand. Rev. CΕ-Λ-Α Forepart of man-headed bull to right. Jenkins 7. SNG ANS 4. SNG Lloyd 956. A coin of the finest style. Reverse very slightly off-center, and some very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5200 CHF
Estimate: 3750 CHF
With impressive details
Lot 29
SICILY. Gela. Circa 420-405 BC. Tetras (Bronze, 16 mm, 3.48 g, 5 h). ΓΕΛΑΣ Bull walking slowly to the left; above, olive leaf; in exergue, three pellets. Rev. Head of youthful male river god to right (Gelas), his hair streaming upwards; behind, barley grain. CNS 32. Jenkins, Gela 516. SNG ANS 117. A very pleasant, attractive example with a brown-green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 575 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF
Lot 30
SICILY. Herbessos. Circa 344-339/8 BC. Litra (Silver, 9 mm, 0.76 g, 11 h). Head of Sikelia to right, wearing myrtle wreath. Rev. [E]PBHΣΣ[OΣ] Bearded head of the river-god Herbessos to right, wearing taenia. Cf. Campana 1. Rare. Nicely toned and of excellent style but struck on an irregular flan. Very slightly double-struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 31
SICILY. Himera. Circa 530-483/2 BC. Drachm (Silver, 22 mm, 5.70 g). Rooster standing to left. Rev. Mill sail pattern within a square, border of rays, all within an incuse square. Kraay 83 (O62/R52). Attractive and sharply struck in high relief. Some traces of corrosion and die rust, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 32
SICILY. Katane. Circa 461-450 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 16.71 g, 11 h). Man-headed bull (the river-god Amenanos) swimming to right; above, satyr leaping over the bull’s back to right, placing a wreath on his head; below, in exergue, ketos swimming to right. Rev. ΚΑΤΑΝΑΙΟΝ Nike, wearing chiton and peplos and with open wings, standing right, holding an open taenia or fillet in each hand. Jameson 534 (same dies). Cf. Randazzo 60-68 for a similar obverse die. Cf. Rizzo pl. IX, 14 (with the same obverse die but with Nike to left). Very rare. Attractively toned, well centered and unusually nice. Some traces of die rust and with a very lightly double struck reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 60000 CHF
Estimate: 60000 CHF
Lot 33
SICILY. Katane. Circa 420 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 16.98 g), with a reverse die signed by the “Maestro della foglia”, but almost entirely off the flan. Quadriga galloping to the right; above, Nike flying right to crown the horses. Rev. ΚΑΤΑΝΑΙΟΝ Laureate head of Apollo to right, his hair short; behind head, leaf. Gulbenkian 185 (same dies). Rizzo pl. xi, 16 (same dies). SNG ANS 1256 (same dies). SNG Lloyd 898 (same dies). Lightly toned and struck on a slightly narrow flan, but with a remarkably attractive head of Apollo. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 34
SICILY. Katane. Circa 405-403/2 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.01 g, 2 h), signed by the engraver Herakleidas on the obverse. Laureate head of Apollo facing, turned slightly to the left, with his hair falling in curls and locks around his head and neck; in small letters to right, ΗΡΑΚΛΕΙΔΑΣ. Rev. ΚΑΤΑΝΑΙΩΝ Quadriga galloping to left, the reins of one horse trailing on the ground, driven by a charioteer gripping the reins with both hands; at the center, above the horses, Nike flying right, seemingly preparing to alight on the backs of the horses, holding a crown for the charioteer in her right hand and a kerykeion in her left; in the exergue, below the inscription, fish swimming to left. Basel 338 (same dies). Gulbenkian 192 (same dies). Rizzo pl. XIV, 11 and pl. XVI, 3 (same dies). SNG Lloyd 902 (same dies). Very rare. Toned, well-struck of splendid Classical style. Some areas of flatness on the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 75000 CHF
Estimate: 75000 CHF
A Leontini Tetradrachm by the Demareteion Master
Lot 35
SICILY. Leontini. Circa 466-460 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.20 g, 8 h), with dies by the "Demareteion Master". Quadriga, driven by a male charioteer wearing a long chiton, moving slowly to the right; above, Nike flying left to crown the charioteer; in exergue, lion running to right. Rev. ΛΕΟΝΤΙΝΟΝ Laureate head of Apollo to right, his long hair braided and tied up at the back of his head; to left and right, and above Apollo's head, laurel leaf; below neck, lion running to right. Basel 348 (same dies). Boehringer, Münzgeschichte 28. Gulbenkian 211 (same dies). Kraay-Hirmer 19 (same dies). Rizzo pl. XXII, 14 (same dies). SNG ANS 217 (same dies). Very rare. Sharp, well-struck and nicely toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 220000 CHF
Estimate: 200000 CHF
Lot 36
SICILY. Leontini. Circa 450-440 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 16.74 g, 4 h). Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ∠Ε-ΟΝ-ΤΙ-ΝΟ-Ν Head of a lion with open jaws to right; around, four barley grains. Boehringer, Münzgeschichte 38. Attractive, clear and sharp, with a dark patina as found. Some striking flatness on both sides, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 37
SICILY. Leontini. Circa 450 - 440 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 16.77 g, 9 h). Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΛΕΟ-ΝΤ-Ι-ΝΟ-Ν Head of a lion with open jaws to right; around, four barley grains. Boehringer, Münzgeschichte 41. Cf. SNG ANS 224. A very attractive piece, well-struck and with a dark patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 38
SICILY. Leontini. Circa 430-425 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.50 g, 9 h), with a reverse die signed by the “Maestro della foglia”. Laureate head of Apollo to left. Rev. ΛΕΟΝ-ΤΙ-ΝΟΝ Head of a lion with open jaws to left; around, three barley grains and, behind the head, a laurel leaf. Basel 353. Boehringer, Münzgeschichte 55. Rizzo pl. XXIV, 4. SNG ANS 257. A very attractive example, splendidly toned and beautifully struck on a broad flan. Some very minor die breaks, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 4800 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Lot 39
SICILY. Leontinoi. Circa 430-425 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 16.63 g, 8 h). Laureate head of Apollo to left. Rev. VEONTI - NON Small lion's head with open jaws to right; to left, right and below, barley grain; above, kithara with seven strings. Cf. BMC 40 = Boehringer, Münzgeschichte 56, Jameson 631 and SNG ANS 243 (all struck from this obverse die, and all struck from the same reverse die that has the kithara below the lion's head). Extremely rare, if not unique, and apparently unpublished. Minor scratches; obverse struck from a rusty die; reverse struck slightly off center and with an ancient test cut, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 40
SICILY. Leontini. Circa 415-413 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 17.28 g, 6 h). Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΛEONTIN[ON] Head of a lion with open jaws to right; around, four barley grains. Boehringer, Münzgeschichte 67, Rizzo Pl. XXIV, 15, SNG ANS 248, SNG Lockett 804 (all struck from the same dies). Very rare. Nicely toned. A lovely coin of elegant and refined classical style. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 6000 CHF
Lot 41
SICILY. Lilybaion (as ‘Cape of Melkart’). Circa 330-305 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 16.89 g, 1 h). Charioteer, holding goad in his left hand and reins in his right, driving galloping quadriga to right; above, Nike flying left to crown the charioteer. Rev. Head of Tanit to right, wearing wreath of grain leaves, triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace; around, three dolphins. De Luynes 920 (same dies). Jameson 957 (same dies). Jenkins 37 (O14/R28, same dies). Lightly toned and a commanding head of Tanit. Struck on a slightly ragged flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
A Magnificent Messana from Virzi and de Sartiges
Lot 42
SICILY. Messana. 412-408 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27.4 mm, 17.40 g, 1 h). The nymph Messana, wearing a chiton and holding the reins in both hands, driving mule-biga walking to left; above, Nike flying right to crown the driver; in exergue, two opposed dolphins. Rev. ΜΕΣΣΑΝΙΩΝ Hare springing to right; below, dolphin leaping right over waves. Caltabiano 619.5 (this coin). SNG Lockett 834 (this coin). A lovely, beautifully toned example, elegantly struck on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 43000 CHF
Estimate: 40000 CHF
Lot 43
SICILY. Panormos (as Ziz). Circa 400-390 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.26 g, 12 h). ṢYṢ (in Punic) Quadriga galopping to left; above, Nike flying right to crown the driver; in exergue, to right, clam shell. Rev. Female head to right, her hair bound with a broad band, and wearing a simple necklace with a single pendant; around, four dolphins swimming to right. Jenkins, Punic 18 (this coin cited). SNG Lloyd 1580 (same obverse die). Very rare. Beautifully toned and very attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 44
SICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny, 485-466 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 17.35 g, 12 h). Male charioteer, wearing a long chiton and holding a kentron in his right hand and the reins in his left, driving a slow quadriga to right; above, Nike flying right to crown the horses. Rev. ΣVRΑϘΟΣΙΟΝ: (partially retrograde) Head of Arethusa to right, wearing a simple earring, pearl necklace and with her hair tied with a thin band; around, four dolphins swimming clockwise. Basel 425 (same dies). BMFA 330 (same dies). Boehringer 38 (V26/R22) but reverse slightly recut. Boehringer, Comiso 158 (this coin). McClean 2594 (same dies). SNG ANS 7 (same dies). Very rare. Of superb late archaic style, nicely toned, sharp and very well-struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 40000 CHF
Estimate: 25000 CHF
Lot 45
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.42 g, 5 h), c. 466-460. Charioteer driving quadriga walking to right, holding goad in his right hand and the reins in both; above, Nike flying left to crown the horses; in exergue, ketos to right. Rev. ΣΥRΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ Diademed head of Arethusa to right, wearing pendant earring and pearl necklace; around, four dolphins swimming right. Boehringer 489 (V258/R351). SNG ANS. Attractively toned and with a wonderfully sharp reverse. Obverse struck from a slightly rusty die and with a few minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3500 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
From the Jameson and Smith collections, pedigreed to 1905
Lot 46
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 17.11 g, 12 h), c. 466-460. Charioteer driving quadriga walking to right, holding goad in his right hand and the reins in both; above, Nike flying left to crown the driver; in exergue, ketos to right. Rev. ΣΥRΑΚΟΣΙΟ - Ν Diademed head of Arethusa to right, wearing pendant earring and pearl necklace; around, four dolphins swimming right. Boehringer 499.2 (V263/R356, this coin). Jameson 762 (this coin). SNG ANS 158 (these dies). A wonderful example, beautifully toned, fresh and very well struck on a broad flan. In this condition, very rare. Some minor corrosion and horn silver on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 26000 CHF
Estimate: 28000 CHF
Lot 47
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 16.95 g, 3 h), 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 broad hair band, a crescent earring and a pearl necklace between two simple torcs; around, four dolphins swimming to right. Basel 439 (same dies). Boehringer 533 (V273/R374). SNG ANS 171 (same dies). A very attractive piece, struck on a broad flan and nicely toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 12000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 48
SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I, 405-367 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30 mm, 17.10 g, 6 h), signed by Κ... on the reverse, c. 405-400. Charioteer standing left and holding the reins in both hands and the kentron in his right, driving quadriga galloping to left; below, under the horses' hooves, one dangling rein and a wheel fallen from another chariot; in exergue, ear of barley to left; above, Nike flying right to crown the driver. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙ - ΩΝ Head of Arethusa to right, wearing double-spiral earring and necklace with nine pearl-shaped pendants, and with her hair bound up by an ampyx in front and sphendone ornamented with stars and a zigzag pattern behind; to right, two dolphins swimming downwards to left; behind, two dolphins swimming downwards to right, one swimming out from behind Arethusa's neck; behind neck, and between the dolphins, miniature retrograde Κ. Basel 470 (same dies). Fischer-Bossert/Tudeer 68 A (O25/R42). Gulbenkian 287 (same dies). Rizzo pl. XLVII, 12 (same dies). Very rare and of superb quality, probably the finest of less than eight examples known. Some very minor striking faults, some dark patina, and with the start of the die break on Arethusa's forehead, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 150000 CHF
Lot 49
SICILY. Syracuse. Agathokles, 317-289 BC. 25 Litrai (Electrum, 16 mm, 3.62 g, 2 h), c. 310-305. Laureate head of Apollo to left; behind head, bow. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚ - ΟΣΙΩΝ Tripod with high ring handles. BMFA 447 (same dies). Jameson 846 (same dies). Jenkins O17/R34. A splendid example, well-struck and of very fine style. Almost imperceptible flan crack on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Lot 50
SICILY. Syracuse. Gelon, son of Hieron II, 275-215 BC. 8 Litrai (Silver, 22 mm, 7.00 g, 2 h), c. 240. Diademed head of Gelon to left; behind, race torch. Rev. ΣΥΡAKOΣIΟ / ΓEΛΩNOΣ Nike driving biga galloping to right; holding a kentron in her right hand, and the reins in her left; below horses’ legs to right, Ε. SNG ANS 896 var. Very rare. Toned. Minor dig on the reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 520 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 51
SICILY. Syracuse. Hieron II of Syracuse in association with Ptolemy II Philadelphos of Egypt, c. 264/260 BC. Diobol (Bronze, 27 mm, 18.21 g, 7 h), in the style of contemporary standard Ptolemaic coinage from Alexandreia, Syracuse. Laureate head of Zeus right. Rev. Eagle, with spread wings, standing left on thunderbolt; in field to left, oval shield; to right, below wing tips, N. SNG Copenhagen 116. Svoronos 619. Wolf & Lorber, 'Western Greek' Style, group D. A very attractive, sharply struck example with a fine green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
From the Collection of F.S. Benson of Brooklyn, sold in 1909
Lot 52
THRACE. Abdera. Circa 473/0-449/8 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 14.98 g). ΚΑ-ΛΛ-ΙΔΑ-ΜΑΣ Griffin seated to left, raising his right foreleg; below, tunny to left. Rev. ΑΒΔ-ΗΡ-ΙΤΕ-ΩΝ Quadripartite linear square within an incuse square. AMNG 61. Kraay-Hirmer 427. May, Abdera 146d (A120/P119, this coin). SNG Copenhagen. A particularly attractive and dramatic example, beautifully toned and with an impressive pedigree. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 22000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Lot 53
THRACE. Chersonesos. Circa 386-338 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 13 mm, 2.27 g, 6 h). Forepart of a lion to right, his head turned back to left. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square with two raised and two sunken squares; in one of the sunken squares, wreath; in the other, pellet. McClean 4076. An especially well-struck and well-centered example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 350 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 54
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 435-411 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 8.99 g). Ithyphallic satyr advancing to right, carrying vaguely protesting nymph; to right, possible traces of the letter I. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Le Rider, Thasiennes 6. Same dies as Lanz 125, 2005, 179 and Nomos 3, 2011, 42. Well centered, attractively toned, and of refined classical style. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
Lot 55
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 380 BC. Drachm (Gold, 13 mm, 2 h). Bearded head of Dionysos to right, wearing wreath of ivy leaves with berries at his forehead. Rev. ΘΑΣΙΟΝ Herakles, wearing lion's skin headdress and short, hunting chiton, kneeling right, shooting his bow; to right, Κ; all in linear frame within an incuse square. West pl. 4, 30 var. (same obverse die). Very rare. An attractive example, nicely centered. Usual die break at the upper edge of the reverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 55000 CHF
Estimate: 65000 CHF
Lot 56
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 350 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 15.27 g, 3 h). Bearded head of Dionysos to left, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. ΘΑΣΙΟΝ Herakles, wearing lion's skin headdress and short hunting tunic, kneeling to right, drawing his bow; on the lower right, kantharos. Kunstfreund 190. Pixodarus 26 d (A14/P24, this coin), and pl. 21, 26d. SNG Spencer Churchill 105. West 32. Very rare. A very impressive and particularly attractive example, very well-struck and nicely toned. Obverse struck on a very slightly short flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 50000 CHF
Estimate: 35000 CHF
Lot 57
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 168/7-148 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 36 mm, 16.97 g, 12 h). Head of a youthful Dionysos to right, wearing elaborate ivy wreath with leaves and berries. Rev. ΘΑΣΙΩΝ ΗΡΑΚΛΕΟΥΣ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ Youthful Herakles, nude but for drapery over his shoulder and left arm, standing facing, his head to left, holding a club in his right hand and resting his left at his waist; in field to left, Μ. Dewing 1338. Of a remarkably florid and baroque style, very attractively toned and struck on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 58
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 148-90/80 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30 mm, 16.57 g, 12 h), a very early imitation. Head of the young Dionysos to right, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. ΗΡΑΚΛΕΟΥΣ / ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ / ΘΑΣΙΩΝ Herakles standing left, nude but for lion's skin over his shoulder and left arm; resting right hand on club; to left, Μ. Le Rider 52. Cf. SNG Copenhagen 1042. Bold and very attractively toned. With a somewhat ‘cup-shaped’ flan with a very slight bend, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 59
THRACO-MACEDONIAN REGION. Siris. Circa 500-490 BC. Trihemiobol or 1/8 Stater (Silver, 9 mm, 0.97 g). Nude satyr kneeling right between two pellets. Rev. Diagonally divided incuse square. SNG ANS 971-973. Svoronos pl. VIII, 13-17. Toned, boldly struck and in high relief: an attractive piece. Some roughness, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 60
THRACO-MACEDONIAN REGION. Uncertain mint, Olynthos (?). Circa 500 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.03 g, 6 h). Charioteer driving slow quadriga to right; above, large pellet. Rev. Large quadripartite incuse square containing, at the center, an eagle flying to left within a small incuse square. ACGC 475. Asyut 212. BMFA 612. H. A. Cahn, "Olynthus" and Syracuse, Studies Thompson, Variety B and pl. 2, 3. SNG ANS 463. Very rare. Struck on a broad flan and surely one of the finest of the few examples known. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 26000 CHF
Estimate: 25000 CHF
Lot 61
THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Mygdones or Krestones. Circa 485-480 BC. Stater (Silver, 23 mm, 8.88 g). Goat kneeling to right, his head turned back to left; above, dotted rosette. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Asyut 150. Gulbenkian 390. HPM pl. III, 17. Kraay & Hirmer 380. Lorber, Goats, issue 4. Of vigorous archaic style. Nicely struck in high relief. Some minor roughness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Lot 62
MACEDON. Akanthos. Circa 480-470 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28.5 mm, 17.43 g). Lion to right, attacking bull, collapsing to left with head raised; above, Θ; below, in exergue, floral ornament. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square with granulated surfaces. Desneux 63 var. (D61/R- [57?]). SNG ANS 10. Lightly toned, beautifully centered and well struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 13500 CHF
Estimate: 16000 CHF
Lot 63
MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Circa 432-348 BC. Tetrobol (Silver, 14 mm, 2.44 g, 12 h), Olynthos, 432-400. Laureate head of Apollo to left; behind neck, Δ. Rev. Χ-Α-Λ - ΚΙΔ - ΕΩN Kithara with five strings; all within incuse square. BMC 15 (same dies). Robinson & Clement group C, 22 (A18/P12). With an attractive and elegant head of Apollo. Very attractively toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1050 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 64
MACEDON. Philippi. Time of Claudius or Nero, 41-68. Assarion (Copper, 18 mm, 4.42 g, 5 h). VIC - AVG Victory standing left on base, holding wreath in her outstretched right hand and a palm branch in her left. Rev. COHOR - PRAE - PHIL Three standards. RPC I 1651. SNG Copenhagen 305. Sharp, with an attractive brown patina, and well-struck on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 150 CHF
Lot 65
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander I, 498-454 BC. Tetrobol (Silver, 14 mm, 2.23 g, 4 h), light thraco-macedonian standard, Aigai, Circa 476/5-460 BC. Horse standing to right. Rev. Quadripartite linear square with a kerykeion at the center; all within a shallow incuse square. Raymond pl. IX, a. SNG ANS -. SNG Munich 8. Very rare. Toned, clearly struck in high relief, and in unusually fine condition for the issue. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 66
KINGS OF MACEDON. Aeropos, 398/7-395/4 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 23 mm, 10.49 g, 10 h). Young male head to right wearing simple taenia. Rev. ΑΕΡΟΠΟ Horse walking to right, reins trailing below. AMNG I, pl. 29, 23 = Traité IV 822, pl. CCCIV, 11. SNG Alpha Bank 172. SNG ANS 76. SNG Ashmolean 2434 A. Westermark, Remarks pl. LXIX, 12. Very rare. Finely toned and of lovely style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 44000 CHF
Estimate: 45000 CHF
Lot 67
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip II, 359-336 BC. Stater (Gold, 17 mm, 8.56 g, 12 h), Pella mint, circa 340/336-328 BC. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ Charioteer, driving biga to right, holding reins with his left hand and goad in his right; below horses, Nike, holding wreath in both hands, flying to right. Le Rider 375 (same dies). SNG ANS 158 (these dies). Lustrous and very attractive. Some minor digs on both sides, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 68
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Stater (Gold, 18 mm, 8.66 g, 5 h), Amphipolis, circa 330-320. Head of Athena to right, wearing Corinthian helmet adorned with serpent. Rev. AΛEΞANΔPOY Nike standing left, holding wreath in her right hand and stylis in her left; to left, trident head downwards. Price 172. Sharp, lustrous and most attractive. A few minor marks and with some scratches on the reverse, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 69
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Hemistater (Gold, 13 mm, 4.31 g, 10 h), Miletus, c. 325-323. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a serpent; below neck truncation, thunderbolt. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Nike standing left, holding wreath in her right hand and stylis in her left; to left, monogram of ΔΗ. Price 2080 = Thompson Miletus I.16. Very rare. A lovely, well-struck and well-centered example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 70
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.26 g, 9 h), Pella, circa 325-315. Head of youthful Herakles in lion's skin headdress to right. Rev. AΛEΞANΔPOY Zeus seated to left on throne with his feet on a footstool, holding eagle with closed wings on his outstretched right hand and long scepter in his left; to left, rose with bee alighting right atop its petals. Price 206. SNG Berry 204. SNG Copenhagen 209. Sharply struck and very attractive. Reverse very slightly doublestruck, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 71
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Stater (Gold, 20 mm, 8.56 g, 7 h), Babylon, 317-311. Head of Athena to right, wearing triple-crested Corinthian helmet adorned with a sphinx on the bowl, pendant earring and pearl necklace. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Nike standing left with her wings spread, holding laurel wreath in her right hand and stylis in her left; below wing to left, monogram within wreath; to right, monogram of ΗΡ. Price 3717. A splendid, lustrous piece struck on a broad flan. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 6000 CHF
Lot 72
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios, 323-317 BC. Stater (Gold, 19 mm, 8.58 g, 12 h), Abydos, 318/317. Head of Athena to right, wearing pendant earring, necklace and crested Corinthian helmet adorned with griffin leaping to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ Nike standing left, holding wreath in her right hand and stylis with her left; below her right wing, cornucopiae; to left, monogram and pentagram. Price P36. Thompson, Abydos 171a. Well-centered and struck on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Lot 73
KINGS OF MACEDON. Demetrios I Poliorketes, 306-283 BC. Stater (Gold, 19 mm, 8.57 g, 7 h), Pella, 293-292. Head of Athena to right, wearing Corinthian helmet adorned with a coiled serpent. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΔHMHTPIOY Nike standing left, holding wreath and stylis; at Nike's feet to left and right, monogram. Newell 71 (but struck from different dies). Very rare. Very sharply struck from fresh dies. Obverse slightly off center and with some minor marks and scuffs, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 17000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Lot 74
KINGS OF MACEDON. Demetrios I Poliorketes, 306-283 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 17.28 g, 2 h), Chalcis, 291-290. Diademed head of Demetrios to right, wearing 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 left, Σ; below king's name to left, dolphin swimming downwards. Cf. CNG MBS 81, 2009, 371 (but with a differing legend arrangement). Cf. Newell 146 (but with a ΣΕ monogram instead of an Σ, and a differing legend arrangement). Extremely rare. With a striking and impressive portrait of Demetrios . Metal fault on the obverse and some minor marks, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 75
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip V, 221-179 BC. (Bronze, 26 mm, 7.80 g, 9 h), uncertain mint in Macedon, after 183 BC. Bearded head of Herakles right, wearing lion's skin. Rev. BAΣIΛΕΩΣ - ΦIΛIΠΠOY Harpa; above, Ρ monogram all within oak wreath with ties at the left. Mamroth 25dh SNG Copenhagen 1263. A very attractive example, struck on an oval flan and with a dark green patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 170 CHF
Estimate: 175 CHF
One of Only Eight Examples Known
Lot 76
MACEDON (ROMAN PROTECTORATE), Republican period. First Meris. Circa 167-149 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 29.5 mm, 16.82 g, 12 h), Amphipolis. Head of Zeus to right, bearded and wearing an oak-wreath. Rev. ΜΑΚΕ - ΔΟΝΩΝ / ΠΡΩΤΗΣ Artemis Tauropolis reclining left, on the back of a bull moving to left with his horns draped with a fillet, carrying a burning torch in each hand; below, at center, monogram of ΑΝΗΡ; below to right, monogram of ΑΡΧΕ. Price, Kraay-Mørkholm Essays p. 237, 213 (this coin). Extremely rare, one of 8 examples known. Attractively toned and of exquisite later Hellenistic style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 200000 CHF
Estimate: 250000 CHF
Lot 77
MACEDON (ROMAN PROTECTORATE), Republican period. Fourth Meris. Circa 167-149 BC. (Bronze, 22 mm, 9.51 g, 9 h), Heraclea in Pelagonia. Laureate head of Zeus to right. Rev. Club flanked by MAKEΔONΩN TETAPTHΣ; above, ME monogram, below ANK monogram; all within oak wreath with ties at the left; outer left, thunderbolt. AMNG III 188. MacKay pl. III, 12. Touratsoglou pl. VII, 26; SNG Copenhagen 1316. Weber 3709. Very rare, and with an attractive green patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: Unsold
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 78
MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Period of Severus Alexander, 222-235. Triassarion (Bronze, 27 mm, 11.55 g, 7 h), Beroea. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔ-ΡΟΥ Head of Alexander the Great to right, wearing crested neo-Attic helmet bearing an elaborate combat scene on the bowl: two cavalrymen are at the center, riding in opposed directions; on the center left, the mounted soldier rides to left and battles an enemy standing right; on the right, the mounted soldier rides to right and lances an enemy falling backwards to right. Rev. ΚΟΙΝΟ ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ ΝΕΩ Alexander, in military dress, with his cloak flowing out behind him and his right hand raised in salute, riding a horse walking to right. Cf. AMNG 446 (same obverse die) and 407 (same reverse die). An interesting piece with an extraordinary figural group on Alexander's helmet. Dark patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 79
MACEDON. Koinon of Macedon. Period of Severus Alexander, 222-235. Triassarion (Bronze, 25 mm, 12.53 g, 1 h), Beroea. ΑΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Head of Alexander in lionskin headdress to right. Rev. [ΚΟΙΝΟΝ] ΜΑΚΕΔΟΝΩΝ <ΝΕ> Alexander, nude to the waist, seated right on a low bench, his right hand on the bench and his left resting in his lap; before him to right, Nike standing left, holding out a helmet to Alexander in her right hand and, by her left side, resting her left on a round shield that bears a representation of Achilles attacking Penthesilea. Apparently unpublished, but for the exact same reverse depiction, see the contemporary Aboukir Medallion of Caracalla in Berlin (18200021). Extremely rare, if not unique. Dark patina. Reverse slightly off center, but effecting only the legend, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Extremely rare Dia bronze
Lot 80
THESSALY. Dia. Mid 4th century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 16 mm, 2.23 g, 7 h). Head of Zeus right, wearing tainia; thunderbolt behind neck. Rev. ΔIA–ΩИ Hera seated to left, her feet on a footstool, holding a phiale in her right hand and a long scepter in her left; below throne, Δ. BCD Thessaly II 64 (same dies). Demetriadi 2, (O1/R2), but as Dion in Macedonia. Rogers -. Very rare. Attractive black and green patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 460 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 81
THESSALY. Lamia. Circa 400-344 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 16 mm, 2.84 g, 12 h), c. 360s-350s BC. Head of Dionysos to left, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. ΛΑΜΙΕ - ΩΝ Amphora with tall handles; above, ivy leaf; to right, prochous with handle to right. Georgiou 1, 8. Jameson 1082. SNG Copenhagen 77. Traité IV, 456, pl. CCLXXXVII, 19. A very attractive toned example, with a very well centered obverse. Reverse very slightly double struck, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 82
THESSALY. Larissa. Circa 479-465 BC. Obol (Silver, 10 mm, 0.97 g, 9 h). Head of the nymph Larissa to right, her hair bound with a ribbon and tied at the back. Rev. ΛA Jason's sandal to left, all within incuse square. BCD 139 (same dies). Hermann group 1c, pl. I, 4. Rare. Very well-struck on a full flan. Usual slightly porous surfaces, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
From the BCD collection, finest example known
Lot 83
THESSALY. Larissa. Circa 420-400 BC. Drachm (Silver, 20 mm, 6.04 g, 3 h). Head of the nymph Larissa to right, wearing pendant earring and with her hair in a sakkos. Rev. ΛΑΡΙΣΑ / Ι - Α Bridled horse prancing to right, with loose rein. BCD 1131 (this coin). Hermann pl. IV, 10 (same dies). Lorber 2008, pl. 43, 65. Traité IV 695, pl. CCXCVIII, 5 (same dies). A lovely coin, nicely toned, in good silver and on a full flan; very possibly the finest example of this type known. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 23000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Excellent style. Pedigreed to Leu 45 in 1988
Lot 84
THESSALY. Larissa. Circa 356-342 BC. Drachm (Silver, 21 mm, 6.13 g, 6 h). Head of the nymph Larissa facing, turned slightly to the left, wearing ampyx, pendant earring, and simple necklace. Rev. ΛΑΡΙΣ / ΑΙΩΝ Horse to right, preparing to roll over. Herrmann pl. V, 5 var. Lorber, 2008 34 var. A beautifully toned and most attractive example, very well struck and centered. One of the very finest known examples of this issue. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 7800 CHF
Estimate: 4750 CHF
Lot 85
THESSALY. Pelinna. Circa 400-344 BC. Drachm (Silver, 18 mm, 6.20 g, 10 h). Thessalian cavalryman, wearing petasos and chlamys, and holding a spear pointing backwards, riding to left on galloping horse; above, in tiny letters, ΑΙ; below horse, Α. Rev. [Π]ΕΛΙΝΝΑΙΚΟΝ (Νs retrograde) Warrior advancing left, his head turned back to right, wearing petasos and chlamys and with a sword in a scabbard held by a baldric, holding short spear in his right hand and a round shield, ornamented with a crescent, and two other spears in his left. BCD Thessaly I, 1226 (this coin). Traité IV 527, pl. CCXC, 15. Very rare. A clear piece: one of the finest examples known. Some minor marks and with a craquelure surface, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 15000 CHF
Estimate: 18000 CHF
Lot 86
THESSALY. Pelinna. Circa 425-350 BC. Trihemiobol (Silver, 15 mm, 1.30 g, 4 h). Rider galloping to left, holding two spears in his right hand and with his petasos hanging from a cord behind his back. Rev. ΠΕ - ΛΙ - Ν Warrior charging to left, holding spear in his raised right hand and round shield in his left. BCD II, 514. SNG Copenhagen 185. Well-struck and clear. Some slight porosity, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 87
THESSALY. Skotussa. Second half of the 5th century BC. Drachm (Silver, 19 mm, 5.84 g, 5 h). Forepart of a horse to left. Rev. ΣΚ - Ο Germinating grain; all within incuse square. BCD II (Triton XV), 729 (same dies). BMFA 928 (same dies). Lightly toned. Uncertain banker's mark on the reverse, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Lot 88
THESSALY. Trikka. Circa 440-400 BC. Hemiobol (Silver, 9 mm, 0.41 g, 11 h). Youthful male head to right, bare. Rev. ΤΡ - ΙΚ Forepart of horse to right; all within shallow incuse square. BCD II (= Triton XV), 780.1 var. Very rare. Attractive and toned. Slightly rough surfaces, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 89
ILLYRIA. Apollonia. mid 1st century BC. (Silver, 14 mm, 1.32 g, 10 h), Half-Victoriatus, Aineas. ΑΙ / ΝΕ Burning bitumen ('the nymphaeum of Apollonia ablaze'). Rev. ΑΠΟΛΛΩ / ΝΙΑΤΑΝ Lagobolon. BMC 44. HGC 3, p. 7, 7. Pozzi (Boutin) 2916. Maier. SNG Copenhagen. Very rare. Rough surfaces and two flan cracks, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 90
ILLYRIA. Dyrrhachion. Circa 340-280 BC. Stater (Silver, 21 mm, 10.87 g, 7 h). Cow standing to right, turning her head back to left to lick calf suckling to left. Rev. Δ-Y-P (the rho retrograde) Double stellate pattern within double linear square border; on the left, club upwards; all within linear circle. BMC 1. BMFA 939. SNG Copenhagen 421. Well-struck, toned and clear. Die break on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 525 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 91
ILLYRIA. Dyrrhachion. Circa 200-37 BC. Drachm (Silver, 18 mm, 3.40 g, 10 h). MNA-ΣHN Cow standing right, her head turned back to left to lick at her calf, standing left and suckling below. Rev. ΔYP AΛE -ΞIΩ - NOΣ Double stellate pattern within a double linear square. Picard & Gjongecaj, RN 157, 2000, p. 233 and pl. XV, 113-114. In this condition, quite rare. Well centered and sharp, struck on very good metal with a most attractive old toning. Some old marks under the toning, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 250 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Extremely rare Monounios Stater
Lot 92
KINGS OF ILLYRIA. Monounios, circa 300-280 BC. Stater (Silver, 23 mm, 10.61 g, 7 h), Dyrrhachion. Cow standing left, her head bent back to right to suckle her calf, kneeling right beneath her; above, lower jawbone of a boar to left. Rev. ΒΑCΙΛΕΩC - ΜΟΝΟΥΝΙΟΥ - ΔYPPA Double stellate pattern in the form of a square within a double linear border; in the field to right, club; all within linear circle. S. Gjongecaj. “Le Trésor de Kreshpan (Albanie)”, RN 153 (1998), emission 2. HGC 3, 67. Maier 90. Extremely rare as a type, with only one example recorded from the Kreshpan hoard. Well struck and clear. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 93
EPEIROS, Federal coinage (Epirote Republic). Circa 234/3-168 BC. Drachm (Silver, 22 mm, 5.10 g, 12 h), Dodona. Head of Zeus of Dodona to right, wearing wreath of oak leaves; behind head, monogram of ΑΙ. Rev. ΑΠΕΙ - ΡΩΤΑΝ Eagle, with closed wings, standing right on thunderbolt; around, oak wreath with ties below. BMC 14 (same dies). Franke 99 (V48/R63, same dies). Rare. An absolutely splendid, toned, very well-struck example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 94
EPEIROS, Federal coinage (Epirote Republic). Circa 234/3-168 BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19 mm, 5.43 g, 12 h). Draped bust of Artemis to right, with bow and quiver over her shoulder; to left and right, elaborate monograms. Rev. ΑΠΕΙ / ΡΩΤΑΝ Spear head to right; laurel wreath with ties below. Franke 638 (V397/R495, same dies). Sharply struck and with an attractive, dark brown patina. Centering hole on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 95
KORKYRA. Korkyra. Circa 510-480 BC. Stater (Silver, 21 mm, 11.07 g), circa 500. Cow standing left, her head turned back to right to lick calf sucking to right. Rev. Two rectangular stellate incuses, one with a central linear rectangle and the other with a central linear lozenge. BMC 10. Rosen 169. SNG Lockett 1662. Lightly toned, bold and attractive. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 15000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 96
AKARNANIA. Leukas. Circa 465-450 BC. Stater (Silver, 19 mm, 8.60 g, 3 h). Λ Pegasos flying to right, with curved wings and wearing bridle. Rev. Head of Athena to left, her hair tied in a queue falling behind her neck, wearing crestless Corinthian helmet and necklace of pearls. BCD Akarnania 177. Calciati 15 (same dies). Very attractively toned, sharply struck and of unusually fine quality, rare thus. Obverse struck slightly off center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 19000 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 97
LOKRIS. Lokris Opuntii. Circa 350 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 12.06 g, 6 h). 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: one lying to right and the other to left. BCD 42. Delbridge 95 (this piece not listed). A lovely coin of fine style, nicely toned. Ancient scratches on both sides, especially the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Lot 98
BOEOTIA. Thebes. Circa 480-460 BC. Stater (Silver, 16 mm, 11.86 g). Boeotian shield, with a rim divided into eight segments. Rev. Incuse square with an anticlockwise mill-sail pattern; at the center, archaic theta with cruciform center. BCD Boiotia 350 (this coin). Pozzi 1407 = Pozzi (Boutin) 3238. SNG Berry 592. SNG Delepierre 1344. A lovely piece with a fine patina, rare thus. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 8000 CHF
With an unparalleled pedigree going back to 1909
Lot 99
EUBOIA. Chalkis. Circa 180-146 BC. Octobol (Silver, 25 mm, 5.48 g, 11 h). Head of the nymph Chalkis to right, her hair in a roll and wearing a triple-pendant earring. Rev. [ΧΑΛΚΙ] / ΜΕΝΕΔΗ Eagle standing right with open wings; fighting a serpent, grasped in his talons, that coils around his left leg and rises up toward his chest. BCD 238 (same obverse die). Picard 1a (this coin cited). Locker Lampson 207 (this coin). Very rare. Very attractively toned. Struck on a slightly short flan with minor traces of corrosion, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3750 CHF
Estimate: 3250 CHF
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