nomos 17
26 October 2018
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Welcome to Nomos auction 17: as usual, we have tried to put together an interesting sale, even an exciting one – we do hope you will enjoy it!

In choosing the coins, we have to try to not only find coins that you will like, but that we like too: they have to be in excellent condition, to be attractive, to ideally be at least scarce, they should be interesting, and if they have a pedigree it would be a very nice bonus. In any case, we have put together a sale containing 228 lots of Celtic and Greek coins, 82 of Roman and Provincial, 7 Byzantine, 2 Islamic, and 4 medals.

This year we will begin selling the Vineyard Collection, a specialized group put together by a collector who is passionate about wine: all his coins are wine-related in some way. We see wine vessels, for storing, serving and drinking; we have the gods, goddesses, silens, satyrs and nymphs who are connected to wine; grapevines and grapes; and coins from cities known for their wine. Very considerable numbers of coins from the Vineyard Collection will also appear in forthcoming Obolos sales.

But, of course, that’s not all! We have quite a few other wonderful Greek coins, also often with extensive pedigrees (like the Syracusan tetradrachm in lot 49 – est. CHF 12 500 – that goes back to an English provincial sale in 1884; or the Punic tetradrachm published by Jenkins – 66, est. 37 500 – that was previously in the Gillet, Lockett, Locker-Lampson, Weber, Woodward, Rothschild, Carfrae, Bompois and Wigan Collections!). There is also one of the finest and rarest of all Greek portrait coins (149, est. 24 000, a tetradrachm with an astoundingly realistic head of Mithradates VI of Pontus).

A highlight of the Roman section is the DeBakey Collection of aurei, which includes coins with good portraits and interesting reverses (like 253, the aureus of Hadrian with the Disciplina reverse that goes back to Adda and VQR in 1913: est. 25 000). Otherwise, there are coins from a variety of owners, in a variety of price ranges: like the extremely rare assarion of Geta from island of Naxos (283, est. 450) or, moving into the Byzantine period, the very rare billon 30 nummia piece of Justinian II from the mint of Rome (314, est. 1 000 – We have actually never seen one of these before!).

But you will see these and everything else when you look at the catalogue!

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Lot 1
CELTIC, Britain. Atrebates & Regni. Verica, circa AD 10-40. (Silver, 9 mm, 0.25 g, 12 h), 'Mini Vine Leaf' type. C-O-F Vine leaf. Rev. VERI-CA Horse prancing to right. ABC 1307. Bean VERS3-9. SCBC 149. Van Arsdell 550-1. Very rare. Attractive grey surfaces. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 440 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF
Lot 2
CELTIC, Britain. Atrebates & Regni. Verica, circa AD 10-40. (Silver, 8.5 mm, 0.24 g, 4 h), Minim, 'Cornucopiae Eagle' type. Thyrsus between two cornucopiae, all standing within a two-handled wine cup. Rev. Eagle standing left on vine, his head turned back to right, pecking on a bunch of grapes. ABC 1322. Bean VECS3-2. BMC 1543-58. SCBC 154. Van Arsdell 555. Clear and with attractive grey surfaces. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 3
CELTIC, Britain. Atrebates & Regni. Verica, circa AD 10-40. Minim (Silver, 9 mm, 0.34 g, 5 h), Minim, 'Acorns' type. C-F Three intertwined acorns. Rev. VER-ICA Hippocamp to right. ABC 1325. BMC 1559. SCBC 155. Van Arsdell 556-1. Extremely rare. Well struck and toned. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 4
CELTIC, Britain. Atrebates & Regni. Verica, circa AD 10-40. Minim (Silver, 8 mm, 0.30 g, 1 h), 'Wine Cup' type. REX Double handed garnished wine cup. Rev. VERICA COMMI F Roman legionary Aquila to right. ABC 1331. Bean VERS2-2. BMC 1572-8. SCBC 159. Van Arsdell 563. Very rare. Sharp and with attractive grey surfaces. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 420 CHF
Estimate: 425 CHF
Lot 5
CELTIC, Middle Danube. 2nd-1st centuries BC. Obol (Silver, 10 mm, 0.73 g, 2 h), 'Kapostaler Kleingeld' or 'Krčedin' type. Stylized laureate and bearded head of Zeus to right. Rev. Stylized horseman riding to left. Cf. Naumann 61, 2018, 7 (obol), Münz Zentrum Rheinland 174, 2015, 33 (drachm) and Rauch 94, 2014, 126 (drachm). An extremely interesting, possibly unpublished, obol or fraction from the area of Hungary. Attractively toned, very well-centered and very well-preserved. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 230 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
From the Vlasto and Elliot collections
Lot 6
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 450-380 BC. Pentonkion (Silver, 9.5 mm, 0.67 g, 2 h). Diademed head of Athena to right, set on her circular aegis. Rev. TA / Σ Kantharos flanked by five pellets (value marks). HN III 859. Vlasto 1217 (this coin). Rare. Clear, of excellent style and with a fine old cabinet tone. Rough surfaces as found, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
From the Mathey, Vlasto and Gillet collections. Pedigreed to 1905
Lot 7
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 400-390 BC. Nomos (Silver, 20 mm, 7.80 g, 8 h). Nude ephebe, holding goad in his right hand and reins in his left, on horse galloping to right. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Phalanthos, nude, riding on dolphin to left, holding akrostolion in his right hand. FB 364h (this coin). HN III 850. Vlasto 340 (this coin, but illustrated from a damaged cast). A splendid, toned and well centered example; rare thus. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 4750 CHF
Lot 8
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 315-302 BC. Nomos (Silver, 21 mm, 7.95 g, 6 h). Nude horseman galloping r., holding round shield and two spears in his left hand, and striking downwards with a spear held in his upraised right; in field to left, Ξ; below horse, API. Rev. TAPAΣ Phalanthos, nude, riding dolphin to left, holding rudder in his left hand and a kantharos in his right; in field to left, KΛ. FB 914b (this coin). HN III 939. BMC 208 (same dies). Vlasto 640. A beautifully toned example, very well-struck from fresh dies. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 9000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
From the Trampitsch collection, ex Vinchon 13 November 1986
Lot 9
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 515-510 BC. Stater (Silver, 26 mm, 7.99 g, 12 h). ΜΕΤΑΠ Seven-grained barley ear; border of dots. Rev. Seven-grained barley ear incuse; rayed border. HN III 1481. Noe 139 = SNG ANS 218 (same dies). A splendid, sharply struck and beautifully toned example, very rare thus. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 19000 CHF
Estimate: 22500 CHF
From the Stoecklin collection
Lot 10
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 510-470 BC. Drachm or Third Stater (Silver, 17 mm, 2.72 g, 12 h). ΜΕΤ Ear of barley with seven grains; around, border of dots. Rev. Ear of barley with seven grains, all incuse; rayed border. HN III 1460. Noe 32. Gray toning. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
From the Gillet collection
Lot 11
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 400-340 BC. Nomos or Didrachm (Silver, 20 mm, 7.63 g, 3 h). Head of Demeter (?) to right, wearing a pendant earring and a simple necklace, with her hair bound in a sakkos ornamented with stars. Rev. ΜΕΤΑ Barley ear with leaf to left; below leaf, ΛΥ. Gillet 154 (this coin). HN III 1536b. Noe 448. Nicely toned and with a lovely female head. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Lot 12
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 330-290 BC. Nomos or Didrachm (Silver, 20 mm, 7.82 g, 10 h). Head of Demeter to left, wearing wreath of barley ears and triple-pendant earring. Rev. ΜΕΤΑ Ear of barley with leaf to left; to left, on leaf, amphora; to left, below leaf, ΦΙ. HN III 1588 corr. (Φ instead of ΦΙ). Johnston Class C - (obverse die C11.8-C11.11, reverse die C11.6). Clear and attractive. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 550 CHF
Lot 13
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 280-279 BC. Nomos or Didrachm (Silver, 22 mm, 7.76 g, 7 h). ΔI Head of Demeter to right, wearing wreath of barley ears, triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace. Rev. ΜΕΤΑ Ear of barley of seven grains and leaf to right; to right, above leaf, kantharos with ⊢A to left. HN III 1616. Johnston D3.3 (same dies). SNG ANS 510 (same dies). Clear, toned and of good style. Obverse struck from a slightly rusty die, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 14
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 290-280 BC. Nomos or Didrachm (Silver, 23 mm, 7.67 g, 10 h). ΔI Head of Demeter to right, wearing wreath of barley ears, triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace. Rev. ΜΕΤΑ Ear of barley of six grains and leaf to left; to left, above leaf, ornamented candelabrum; to left, below leaf, ⊢A; to right, long filleted thyrsos. HN III 1620. Johnston D3.9 (same dies). SNG ANS 508. Very nicely toned and attractive; the best available example of this rare variety. Minor area of flatness on the obverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 15
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 290-280 BC. Nomos or Didrachm (Silver, 21 mm, 7.67 g, 4 h). ΔI Head of Demeter to left, wearing wreath of barley ears and pendant earring. Rev. ΜΕΤΑ Ear of barley with leaf to left; to left, on leaf, amphora; to left, below leaf, ⊢A. HN III 1619. Johnston Class D 3.10-11. Bright and attractive. Slightly rough surfaces, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 16
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 290-280 BC. Nomos or Didrachm (Silver, 21 mm, 7.93 g, 2 h). Head of Demeter to right, wearing wreath of barley ears. Rev. ΜΕΤΑ Ear of barley of seven grains; to right, above leaf, star above two amphoras; ΦI below. HN III 1625. Johnston D4.16 (same dies). Attractively toned, nicely centered and very sharp. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 17
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 290-280 BC. Nomos or Didrachm (Silver, 21 mm, 7.71 g, 2 h). [Δ] Head of Demeter to right, wearing wreath of barley ears, triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace. Rev. ΜΕΤΑ Ear of barley with leaf to right; to right, above leaf, star above two amphorae; to right, below leaf, ΦI. HN III 1625. Johnston Class D, 4.16. SNG ANS 517 (same dies). Bright, sharp and attractive. Very minor marks, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 18
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Punic occupation, circa 215-207 BC. Half Shekel (Silver, 17.5 mm, 3.52 g, 9 h), Punic standard. Head of Athena to right, wearing Corinthian helmet. Rev. ΜΕΤΑ Grain ear with leaf to right. HN Italy 1632. Robinson NC 1964, The Coinages of the Second Punic War, p. 50, 1 and pl. VI, 4. SNG ANS 549. SNG Lockett 437. Well struck, clear, attractively toned, and rare without the owl on the reverse. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 575 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
With an impressive pedigree going back to 1907
Lot 19
LUCANIA. Poseidonia. Circa 445-420 BC. Stater (Silver, 19 mm, 8.54 g, 5 h). ΠΟΜΕΙ Poseidon striding to right, brandishing trident and with chlamys over his shoulders. Rev. ΠΟΜΕΙΔΑ (retrograde) Bull standing left on dotted ground line. HN III 1116. SNG ANS 662-663. SNG Copenhagen 1284 (same dies). Beautifully toned, of the finest Classical style, and unusually well-preserved for these pieces. Some very minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 4750 CHF
Lot 20
LUCANIA. Sybaris. Circa 550-510 BC. Stater (Silver, 30 mm, 7.99 g, 12 h). ΜV (retrograde) Bull standing to left on dotted ground line, his head turned back to right; all within a border of dots. Rev. Bull standing to right, on dotted ground line; around, border of dots; all incuse. HN III 1729. SNG ANS 836. A beautifully toned and sharp example. Some very minor marks and slight metal faults on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 21
LUCANIA. Thurium. Circa 410-400 BC. Distater (Silver, 27 mm, 15.36 g, 2 h), signed, on the reverse by Istoros and Eu.... Head of Athena to right wearing Attic helmet, adorned with Skylla raising her left hand on the bowl above the visor and with a griffin walking right on the neck flap, and pearl necklace. Rev. ΘΟΥΡΙΩΝ Bull butting right, with monogram of ΥΕ on his rump; in exergue, fish to right; on ground line, in minute letters, ΙΣΤΟΡΟΣ. De Luynes 581 (same dies). HN III 1781. Noe B6. Very rare. A particularly elegant coin of the finest Classical style, nicely toned. Some traces of horn silver in the devices, with a scuff on the obverse and very light double striking on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Very rare Hemidrachm of Kroton
Lot 22
BRUTTIUM. Kroton. Circa 460 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 12.5 mm, 1.23 g, 6 h). ϘPO (retrograde) Tripod with three ring handles and legs ending in lion's paws; between legs, two erect serpents. Rev. Kantharos flanked by two snakes. BMC 59. Garrucci pl.109, 23. HN III 2126. Extremely rare. Nicely toned. Traces of corrosion, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 1800 CHF
Lot 23
BRUTTIUM. Kaulonia. Circa 475-425 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 8.02 g, 9 h). ΚΑVΛ (retrograde) Apollo, nude, his hair bound with a taenia, advancing to right, with a laurel branch in his upraised right hand and traces of 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 98. Clear, attractive, well-centered and lightly toned. Struck from a slightly worn obverse die, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
Estimate: 1200 CHF
Lot 24
BRUTTIUM. Lokroi Epizephyrioi. Circa 400-350 BC. Nomos (Silver, 20 mm, 7.61 g, 6 h). Λ-Ο-Κ-Ρ-Ω-Ν Laureate head of Zeus to left. Rev. Eagle standing left with spread wings, tearing at a dead hare held in its talons. HN III 2319. SNG Ashmolean 1558 (same dies). Beautifully toned and with a fine Classical head of Zeus. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 3250 CHF
Lot 25
BRUTTIUM. Lokroi Epizephyrioi. Circa 317-310 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 8.74 g, 6 h). Pegasus flying to left; below, thunderbolt. Rev. ΛOKPΩN Head of Athena to left, wearing Corinthian helmet with neck flap and pearl necklace. HN III 2342. Pegasi 13. SNG ANS 515 (same dies). Nicely centered and attractively toned. Reverse almost imperceptibly double struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 26
BRUTTIUM. Lokroi Epizephyrioi. Circa 3rd century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 11.5 mm, 1.46 g, 3 h). Amphora. Rev. ΛOK-PΩN Grape cluster. Garrucci 22. HN III -. SNG ANS -. Extremely rare. Sharply struck and with an attractive olive-green patina. Very slightly rough surfaces, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Pedigreed to the Gillet Collection
Lot 27
BRUTTIUM. Rhegion. Circa 435-425 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.29 g, 10 h). Lion’s mask facing; to left, olive sprig; to right, hare running upwards. Rev. RECIN-OS (retrograde) Iokastos, bearded and draped from the waist, seated left on backless stool, holding long scepter in his left hand and kantharos in his right; behind stool, raven standing right; all within olive wreath. Gillet 313 (this coin). Herzfelder 56 (D32/R46). HN III 2488. SNG Lloyd 681 (same dies). Toned and well-centered on a broad flan. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 8750 CHF
Estimate: 3500 CHF
Lot 28
SICILY. Akragas. Circa 420-410 BC. Hexas (Bronze, 19 mm, 7.82 g). Eagle right, clutching fish in its talons. Rev. Α-[Κ]-Ρ-Α-Γ Crab; to left and right, pellet; below, two fish swimming in opposite directions. Westermark 962 (FO13/FR14). Attractive and clear with greenish-brown patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 29
SICILY. Akragas. Phintias, tyrant, 287-279 BC. (Bronze, 15 mm, 2.94 g, 1 h). (ΑΚΡΑΓΑΝΤΙ)-partially visible. Laureate head of Apollo to left. Rev. ΦΙ Eagle standing right, with closed wings and with his head turned back to left. CNS 119.3. SNG ANS 1125. SNG Copenhagen 98. A particularly fine and attractive example, well-struck from fresh dies, and with a dark green-brown patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 280 CHF
Lot 30
SICILY. Galaria. Circa 460 BC. Litra (Silver, 11.5 mm, 0.65 g, 11 h). Σ-OTE-R (retrograde) Zeus seated left on throne, holding a long, eagle-topped scepter in his right hand and resting his left on the throne. Rev. CA - ΛA Dionysos standing left, holding kantharos in his right hand and, in his left, a vine with a bunch of grapes. Jameson 574. Jenkins, Coinages, Group I. SNG ANS 1. Very rare, nicely centered, sharp and attractively toned. Some remaining encrustations as found, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
NFA V 1978 lot 31
Lot 31
SICILY. Gela. Circa 490/85-480/75 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 19 mm, 8.65 g, 10 h). Nude and bearded warrior riding right on prancing horse; wearing high helmet and holding spear in his upraised right hand and the reins in his left. Rev. [C]E - ΛΑ (retrograde) Forepart of man-headed bull (Acheloös) to right. Jenkins, Gela 28 (O9/R11). Kraay-Hirmer 156 (same dies). A beautifully toned and sharply struck example. Slight traces of overstriking, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 9000 CHF
From the collections of Mathey and Locker Lampson, pedigreed to 1910
Lot 32
SICILY. Himera. Circa 480-470 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 21 mm, 8.36 g, 2 h). ΗΙΜΕRΑ Cock standing left. Rev. Crab within shallow circular incuse. Locker Lampson 70 (this coin). Westermark, Himera 14.4 (this coin). A lovely toned example, well-struck on a broad flan. Minor traces of overstriking, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 14000 CHF
Estimate: 11000 CHF
Lot 33
SICILY. Katane. Circa 461-450 BC. Litra (Silver, 12 mm, 0.79 g, 5 h). Balding head of Silenos to left, with an animal ear and a long beard. Rev. ΚΑΤ-ΑΝΕ around winged thunderbolt. Boehringer, Kataneische Series I, Li 2. Jameson 536 (same dies). Rizzo pl. IX, 16. Of splendid late archaic-early classical style, and with an attractive grey patina. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 34

SICILY. Katane. Circa 450-415/3 BC. Hemilitron (Silver, 10.5 mm, 0.37 g, 5 h). Bearded and partially bald head of Silenos to right. Rev. K-A (retrograde) Winged thunderbolt. Apparently unpublished. Seemingly unique, and with a superbly engraved head of Silenos. Some surface marks, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.

Current Bid: No Bids
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 35
SICILY. Katane. Circa 430-415/3 BC. Litra (Silver, 11 mm, 0.86 g, 3 h). Bald and bearded head of Silenos to right. Rev. KATAN-AIΩN Winged thunderbolt flanked by two shields. Boehringer, Kataneische Series III, Li 5. Rizzo pl. XIV 19 var. SNG ANS 1264. SNG Lloyd 911. Beautifully toned and of fine Classical style. Some uncleaned deposits on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 36
SICILY. Katane. Circa 415/3-404 BC. Hexas (Silver, 7 mm, 0.11 g, 9 h). Head of a youthful, beardless satyr to left. Rev. K A Vertical thunderbolt flanked by two small shields or phialai. Boehringer, Kataneische p. 73, Group I, pl. 8, Hx8 (this coin). Extremely rare, of excellent classical style, and with grey surfaces as found. Slightly rough, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 37
SICILY. Kephaloidion. After Circa 241 BC. (Bronze, 19 mm, 3.49 g, 12 h). Ivy-wreathed head of a Maenad to right. Rev. KE-ΦA Dionysos, bearded and partially draped, standing left, holding a kantharos in his right hand, holding his thyrsos in his left, and resting his left elbow on a low column to right. Calciati 6. SNG Copenhagen 232. SNG München 534. Attractive dark, brown-green patina. A particularly clear example. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
From the Conte A. Magnaguti collection, Santamaria, 12 October 1949
Lot 38
SICILY. Messana. Circa 445-439 BC. Litra (Silver, 13 mm, 0.75 g, 11 h). Hare springing to right; below, ivy branch. Rev. MEΣ within olive wreath with ties to left. Caltabiano 408.2 (D17/R18, this coin). SNG ANS 351 var. Somewhat lightly struck and with grey toning. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
Estimate: 325 CHF
Lot 39
SICILY. Messana. Circa 438-434 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 17.14 g, 9 h). Charioteer driving biga of mules walking to right; above, Nike flying left to crown the driver; in exergue, olive sprig. Rev. ΜΕΣΣΑ-Ν-Ι-Ο-Ν (retrograde) Hare springing to right; above, head of bearded Pan to right; below, olive sprig. Caltabiano 423 (D183/R175). Rizzo pl. xxv, 13 (same dies). SNG Copenhagen 397 (same dies). Very rare, lightly toned and struck on a broad flan. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Pedigreed to 1956 in Hess-Leu
Lot 40
SICILY. Messana. Circa 420-413 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 16.95 g, 5 h). [ΜΕΣΣΑΝA] The Nymph Messana, wearing long chiton and holding goad and reins, driving mule-drawn biga to left; in exergue, two opposed dolphins. Rev. MEΣΣANION (retrograde) Hare springing to right; below, grasshopper feeding to right on a bunch of grapes with vine branch. Caltabiano 512.2 (D205/R212, this coin). Rizzo pl. xxvi, 7 (same dies). SNG Copenhagen 402 (same dies). Very attractively toned. Obverse slightly off center, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 41
SICILY. Messana. Circa 411-408 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 16.86 g, 2 h). The nymph Messana, wearing chiton and standing left with the reins in both hands, driving biga of mules walking to left; above, Nike flying right to crown Messana; in exergue, two opposed dolphins. Rev. ΜΕΣΣΑΝΙΟΝ Hare springing to right; below, head of youthful Pan to right, with curly hair and with a tiny horn over his forehead. Caltabiano 604 (D217/R236). SNG ANS 369 (same dies). Well struck, carefully centered, and lightly toned. Some uncleaned deposits of horn silver on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Plate coin in Cahn
Lot 42
SICILY. Naxos. Circa 461-430 BC. Litra (Silver, 11.5 mm, 0.72 g, 1 h). Head of bearded Dionysos to right, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. NAXI (retrograde) Grape bunch within an ivy wreath. Cahn 73.3 (V53/R61) (this coin), the obverse illustrated on pl IV. Toned. Struck from a slightly worn obverse die, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 43
SICILY. Naxos. Circa 425-420 BC. Onkia (Bronze, 12 mm, 1.40 g, 9 h). Youthful male head to right, wearing tainia. Rev. N A Vine leaf and pellet. Cahn 148. Calciati 2. Laffaille 190. Extremely rare. With a lovely middle-green patina. Reverse slightly off center, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 350 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Lot 44
SICILY. Naxos. Circa 420-403 BC. Litra (Silver, 11 mm, 0.75 g, 11 h), signed by the engraver Prokles on the obverse. ΝΑΧΙΩΝ Head of youthful Dionysos to left, wearing ivy wreath; below, barely visible here, tiny Π. Rev. Vine branch with bunch of grapes. Cahn 135 (V83/R110, same dies). SNG ANS 529. SNG Lloyd 1161. Rare. A lovely, sharp, toned coin of excellent Classical style. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Lot 45
SICILY. Naxos. Circa 420-403 BC. Tetras or Trionkion (Silver, 8 mm, 0.20 g, 6 h). N A Kantharos; around, three pellets (value marks). Rev. Vine with a grape bunch. Cahn -. HGC 2, 979. SNG ANS -. Extremely rare. Pleasing dark grey patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 950 CHF
Excellent Classical style. Pedigreed to 1977
Lot 46
SICILY. Segesta. Circa 465-450 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 23 mm, 8.41 g, 6 h). Hunting dog standing alertly to right. Rev. ΣΕΓΕΣΤΑΖΙ8 Diademed head of the nymph Segesta to right, her hair bound up at the back and turned under her diadem; all with a linear circle with the inscription outside. Hurter 83c (this coin). Very rare. Struck from dies engraved by an exceptional engraver, who was a master of Classical style. Attractively toned. Some traces of corrosion, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 8500 CHF
Lot 47
SICILY. Selinos. Circa 515-480/70 BC. Obol (Silver, 10 mm, 0.49 g, 12 h). Leaf of wild parsley. Rev. Leaf of wild parsley within a linear circle inside a circle or pellets; all within a circular incuse. Cf. Arnold, Florilegium, 13 = SNG ANS 687. SNG Munich 879 var. Clear, well-struck and well-centered on a broad flan. Attractive dark patina as found. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Appeared in the market in 1907
Lot 48
SICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny, 485-466 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 17.38 g, 6 h), c. 483-480. Bearded charioteer driving quadriga walking to left; above, Nike flying left to crown the horses. Rev. ΣVRΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ Diademed head of Arethusa to right, her hair tied in a krobylos; around, four dolphins swimming to right. Boehringer 76. Dewing 696. Jameson 747. Randazzo 246. SNG ANS 19 (all same dies). Rare. Well-struck and well-centered on a full flan, toned and of lovely late Archaic style. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 27000 CHF
Estimate: 22500 CHF
From the Weber collection, pedigreed to 1922
Lot 49
SICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny, 485-466 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 17.39 g, 1 h), c. 480-475. Male charioteer, wearing a long chiton and holding a goad in his right hand and the reins in both, driving a walking quadriga to right; above Nike flying right to crown the horses. Rev. ΣVRΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ (the R upside down) Head of Arethusa to right, wearing necklace and pearl diadem, and with her hair tied in a krobylos that is bound up and falls over her diadem; around, four dolphins swimming clockwise. Boehringer 232.1 (this coin). Randazzo 390 (same dies). Weber 1568 (this coin). A lovely toned coin with a fine head of Arethusa. Obverse struck from a worn die, otherwise, extremely fine.
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Estimate: 12500 CHF
Lot 50
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 17.39 g, 11 h), c. 460-450. 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. ΣΥRΑΚΟΣ - Ι - Ο - Ν Diademed head of Arethusa to right, wearing pendant earring and pearl necklace; around, four dolphins swimming to right. Boehringer 492 (V259/R348). Lightly toned, lustrous, well-centered and sharply struck. Obverse struck from a very slightly worn die, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Rare with Dionysos on the obverse
Lot 51
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Hemilitron (Bronze, 15.5 mm, 3.34 g, 7 h), circa 425-420. [ΣYPA] Head of young Dionysos to left, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. Octopus with entangled front tentacles. cf. Boehringer series XVIII. CNS 11/2. SNG ANS 393. Very rare. Glossy dark green patina. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 52
SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I, 405-367 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17.5 mm, 4.10 g, 5 h), probably an unsigned work by Eukleidas, c. 405-400. ΣΥ-Ρ-Α-Κ-ΟΣΙ-Ω-Ν Head of Athena facing, wearing triple crested Attic helmet, earring and necklace of pendant acorns; around, four dolphins. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙ-ΩΝ Leukaspis, nude but for helmet, striding right, holding couched spear in his right hand and shield with his left; below and behind to left, square altar with fire burning on top and with a garland on the side; below to right, sacrificed ram lying on its back; in exergue, ΛΕΥΚΑΣΠΙΣ. BMFA 420 = Warren 388 (same obverse die). De Luynes 1251 = Rizzo pl. XLVII, 1 (same dies). KF 121 (same obverse die). SNG ANS 309-310 (same obverse die). Rare and of marvelous Classical style; beautifully toned and very well preserved: an exceptionally fine example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
With pedigrees in major auctions
Lot 53
SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I, 405-367 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 17.41 g, 10 h), unsigned but by Parmenides, c. 395. Charioteer, holding reins and kentron, driving a quadriga rushing to left, about to turn; above, Nike flying right to crown the driver; below the hooves of the horse in the foreground, chariot wheel; in exergue, barley ear. Rev. Σ-Υ-ΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Head of Arethusa to left, wearing ampyx and sphendone decorated with stars, triple-pendant earring and simple necklace; around, three dolphins swimming in different directions, with a fourth emerging from under the neck truncation. Jameson 837 (same dies). Tudeer (Fischer-Bossert) 72a (this coin). Very rare. A beautiful and well-struck coin, probably the finest known. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 50000 CHF
Estimate: 37500 CHF
Lot 54
SICILY. Syracuse. Timoleon and the Third Democracy, 344-317 BC. Stater (Silver, 23 mm, 8.55 g, 10 h). Pegasos flying to left. Rev. ΣYPAKOΣIΩN Head of Athena to right, wearing Corinthian helmet. Calciati 1. SNG ANS 499 (same obverse die). A lovely toned coin, very well-centered. Very minor area of flat striking on the obverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2840 CHF
Estimate: 2800 CHF
Lot 55
SICILY. Syracuse. Timoleon and the Third Democracy, 344-317 BC. Hemilitron (Bronze, 13.5 mm, 2.52 g, 4 h), circa 344-336. ΣYPAKO-ΣI Head of youthful Pan to left. Rev. Syrinx with nine pipes within oak wreath. Calciati 94, 1 (same dies). Favorito 76. SNG ANS 490-491. Virzi 1421. Extremely rare, and probably the finest known. With a dark green patina and a fine head of Pan. Very minor smoothing on the reverse. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 56
SICILY. Syracuse. Agathokles, 317-289 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.20 g, 7 h), c. 310-305. Wreathed head of Arethusa to left, wearing triple pendant earring and pearl necklace; around, three dolphins; below neck, ΦΙ. Rev. ΣYPAKOΣIΩN Charioteer driving quadriga to left; above, triskeles to left; in exergue, monogram of ΑΙ. Ierardi 61 (same dies). SNG ANS 642. A particularly fine example, perfectly struck, perfectly centered and nicely toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11500 CHF
Estimate: 9500 CHF
Lot 57
SICILY. Syracuse. Agathokles, 317-289 BC. Dekadrachm or 50 Litrai (Electrum, 15 mm, 3.60 g, 10 h), c. 310-300. Laureate head of Apollo to left; behind, amphora. Rev. ΣYPAK-OΣIΩN Tripod. BAR Issue 10. BMC 263 (same dies). HGC 2, 1294. Jenkins Group B (O4/R1). SNG ANS 621. Excellent early Hellenistic style. Some surface imperfections, and with a die break on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 960 CHF
Estimate: 1200 CHF
Lot 58
SICILY. Syracuse. Philistis, wife of Hieron II, 275-215 BC. 16 Litrai (Silver, 26 mm, 13.57 g, 1 h), 218/7-214. Diademed and veiled bust of Philistis to left; behind, long torch. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΑΣ / [ΦΙΛΙΣΤΙΔΟΣ] Nike driving quadriga galloping to right; below horses, Ε. Burnett, Enna 48 (same dies). CCO 36 (D11/R19). SNG ANS 886-7 (same obverse die). SNG Copenhagen 823 (same reverse die). A lovely example, with a fine portrait, an especially lively reverse, and beautiful surfaces. Reverse struck slightly off center and with minor die faults, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 59
SICILY. Syracuse. Gelon, son of Hieron II, 275-215 BC. 4 Litrai (Silver, 16 mm, 3.44 g, 12 h), c. 240. Diademed head of Gelon to left. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣIOI ΓΕΛΩΝΟΣ Eagle with closed wings standing to right on a thunderbolt; to left, E; to right, BA. BMC 534. SNG ANS 898 (same reverse die); SNG Lockett 1020. Giesecke pl. 25, 12 (same dies). Rare. An unusually fine, toned and attractive example with an elegant portrait of fine Hellenistic style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 60
SICILY. Syracuse. Hieronymos, 215-214 BC. 10 litrai (Silver, 23 mm, 8.48 g, 3 h). Diademed head of Hieronymos to left. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ IEPΩNYMOY Winged thunderbolt; above, ΦΙ. De Luynes 1386 (same dies). Holloway 33. A very attractive, sharply struck, toned coin. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 3250 CHF
Lot 61
SICILY. Syracuse. Fifth Democracy, 214-212 BC. 8 Litrai (Silver, 22 mm, 6.79 g, 8 h). Head of Athena to left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet, pendant earring, pearl necklace and aegis; behind her head, monogram of ΑΓ. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Thunderbolt; below, Σ Ω. Burnett, Enna 87 (dies 5/16). SNG ANS 1044. Very attractive, well-struck and nicely toned. Tiny flan crack on the reverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 62
SICILY. Syracuse. Fifth Democracy, 214-212 BC. (Silver, 23 mm, 10.28 g, 2 h), 12 Litrai. Head of Athena to left, wearing crested Corinthian helmet with serpent on the bowl, pendant earring and pearl necklace. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Artemis, wearing hunting dress, standing left, drawing her bow; at her feet, hunting dog leaping to left; in field to left, ΞΑ. Burnett, Enna 24. SNG ANS 1040. Nicely toned and well-centered. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 63
SICILY. Syracuse. Roman rule, after 212 BC. (Bronze, 15 mm, 2.93 g, 12 h). Janiform head of a bearded Dionysos, wearing ivy-wreath. Rev. ΣYPAKO-ΣIΩN Filleted thyrsos. Calciati 222. Virzi 1886. Dark green patina. Well centered and with unusually fine details; rare thus. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 64
SICILY. Tauromenion. Circa 275-216/2 BC. Litra (Silver, 10 mm, 0.83 g, 9 h). Bucranium. Rev. TAY-P•M Bunch of grapes. SNG ANS 1124. SNG Copenhagen 933. SNG Lockett 1029 (same dies). Uncleaned with a grey patina as found, well-struck and sharp. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Plate coin in Buceti
Lot 65
SICILY. Tauromenion. Roman rule, after 216/2 BC. (Bronze, 16 mm, 2.85 g, 12 h). Head of youthful Dionysos to right, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. TAYPO-MENI-TAN Bull walking slowly to right, head facing. Buceti 36 (this coin). Calciati III 42. SNG Copenhagen 947. Virzi 2061 (this coin). Rare. Lovely apple-green patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Probably the most impressive pedigree in this auction
Lot 66
SICILY. Unlocated Punic mints. Circa 410-395 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.29 g, 12 h). Horse galloping to right; above, Nike flying right to crown the horse. Rev. Date palm with two date clusters. Jenkins, Punic, 45 (this coin cited). Locker-Lampson 114= SNG Lockett 1032 = Weber 1771 (same dies). SNG Lloyd 1610 (same dies). Extremely rare. A beautifully toned and exceptionally attractive example with a splendid pedigree. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 39000 CHF
Estimate: 37500 CHF
Lot 67
CARTHAGE. Circa 300-264 BC. Shekel (Silver, 18.5 mm, 7.57 g, 11 h). Head of Tanit-Persephone to left, wearing pendant necklace, single-drop earring and grain wreath. Rev. Horse standing to right, head reverted; behind, date palm; to right, star of eight rays. Jenkins Group 6, pl. 16, E. SNG Cop 141. Rare. Nicely toned and well-centered. Very minor flan fault, perhaps from striking, and some minor die rust, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 6000 CHF
Lot 68
CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS. Pantikapaion. Circa 380-370 BC. Obol (Silver, 10 mm, 0.81 g, 9 h). Head of bearded satyr to left. Rev. ΠANTI Forepart of lion to left; behind to right, crescent with points to left. Anokhin 998. HGC 7, 77. MacDonald 38. SNG BM Black Sea 854. Very rare. Of fine style and with an attractive grey patina as found. Unimportant edge knock on the reverse at 7, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 900 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 69
CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS. Pantikapaion. Circa 370-355 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 14.5 mm, 2.41 g, 9 h). Ivy-wreathed head of a youthful satyr facing, turned slightly to the left. Rev. ΠAN Facing lion's mask. Anokhin 1014. MacDonald 44. SNG BM Black Sea 865. A powerful, well-struck example. With crystalized surfaces, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
Lot 70
CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS. Pantikapaion. Circa 325-310 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16 mm, 3.23 g, 8 h). Bearded head of Pan, with pointed goat's ears, to left, but turned three-quarters facing to front. Rev. ΠAN Bull's head to left, turned slightly to front. Anokhin 121. MacDonald 57. SNG BM Black Sea 880. SNG Copenhagen 21. SNG Stancomb 548. With a noble head of Pan and an attractive dark toning. With somewhat crystalized surfaces as usual, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
Lot 71
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. Flan rather ragged, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 72
MOESIA INFERIOR. Tomis. period of Antoninus Pius, 138-161. Hemiassarion (Bronze, 17 mm, 3.32 g, 6 h). ΤΟΜΟΥ ΗΡΩΟС Diademed and draped bust left of the legendary founder of the city, the youthful hero Tomos. Rev. ΤΟΜΙΤΩΝ Bunch of grapes. AMNG 2553. RPC IV 4486 temporary number (same dies). An elegant, sharply struck coin with a fine, dark, blackish-brown patina. Minor flan crack, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 250 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Lot 73
THRACE. Abdera. Circa 411/0-386/5 BC. Stater (Silver, 23 mm, 12.82 g, 11 h), Python. ΑΒΔΗΡΙ Griffin rearing up to left. Rev. ΠΥ - ΘΩΝ Tripod. May, Abdera 345a. Very rare. An impressive and attractive coin. Uncleaned as found, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 12500 CHF
Lot 74
THRACE. Abdera. Circa 365/0-350/45 BC. Drachm (Silver, 15 mm, 2.78 g, 12 h), Molpagores. Griffin, with open wings and both forelegs raised, seated to left. Rev. MOΛ-ΠA-ΓO-PHΣ Head of youthful Dionysos to left, wearing ivy wreath; all inside a linear square within a shallow circular incuse. McClean 4015 (same dies). May, Abdera 419 (A290/R340). SNG Copenhagen 333 (same dies). Sharp, well-centered and very attractively toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 600 CHF
With an impressive pedigree to the end of the 19th Century
Lot 75
THRACE. Ainos. Circa 457/6-456/5 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 16.34 g, 5 h). Head of Hermes to right, his hair wound around his head in a plait, wearing a petasos with a beaded border and a button at the top. Rev. AINI Male goat standing to right; to right, ivy leaf within a crescent; all within a shallow incuse square. AMNG 272. May 48d (A29/P39) this coin. Rare. Toned and with a powerful head of Hermes in a vigorous, almost rustic, early Classical northern Greek style. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 18000 CHF
Estimate: 12000 CHF
Lot 76
THRACE. Ainos. Circa 357-342/1 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16 mm, 3.84 g, 12 h). Head of Hermes facing, turned slightly to the right, wearing a flat petasos with a button at the top. Rev. AINION Cult statue of Hermes Perpheraios on throne to left; to left, grape cluster on vine. May, Ainos Group LXXII, - (cf. 455). SNG Copenhagen 418 var. (symbol). Extremely rare - apparently the only example with this symbol - toned, and of fine late Classical style. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 850 CHF
Lot 77
THRACE. Maroneia. Circa 411/0-398/7 BC. Stater (Silver, 23 mm, 12.64 g, 2 h), Deonyos. Bridled horse springing to left, with trailing rein; above, head of a bearded satyr facing. Rev. EΠI ΔEONYOΣ Grape vine with four bunches of grapes within linear square; around inscription; all within shallow incuse square. Schönert-Geiss - (but same reverse die as 155). Extremely rare with this obverse symbol, and very nicely toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 1800 CHF
Lot 78
THRACE. Maroneia. Circa 398/7-348/7 BC. Triobol (Silver, 16 mm, 2.77 g, 12 h). E Y [Π] Forepart of a horse to left. Rev. ΜΑ Grape cluster on a vine within dotted square. Schönert-Geiss 226 (V26/R29). SNG Copenhagen 614 (same obverse die). Sharp and nicely toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 450 CHF
Lot 79
THRACE. Maroneia. Circa 386/5-348/7 BC. Stater (Silver, 23.5 mm, 10.91 g, 10 h), Choregos. Bridled horse springing to left, with trailing rein. Rev. EΠI XOPHΓO Grape vine with four bunches of grapes, all within linear square; around, inscription with a fly at the upper left; all within a shallow incuse square. Schönert-Geiss 451 (V20/R31). SNG Copenhagen 606. Lightly toned, well-centered and attractive. Some minor traces of horn silver, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2700 CHF
Estimate: 1400 CHF
Lot 80
THRACE. Maroneia. Circa 189/8-49/5 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 29 mm, 16.40 g, 1 h), circa 150s BC. Head of youthful Dionysos to right, wearing taenia and ivy wreath, and with his hair partially knotted into a queue and partially falling down the back of his neck. Rev. ΔΙΟΝΥΣΟΥ ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ ΜΑΡΩΝΙΤΩΝ Dionysos, nude, standing to left with cloak over his left arm, holding bunch of grapes in his right hand and narthex stalks in his left; below, to left and right, two monograms. Schönert-Geiss 1094 (V38/R108). SNG Copenhagen 636. Toned and of a powerful, late Hellenistic style. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 950 CHF
Cover coin of CNA XI in 1990
Lot 81
KINGS OF THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30 mm, 16.95 g, 12 h), struck posthumously, Parion, c. 270s-250s BC. Diademed head of the deified Alexander the Great to right, with horn of Ammon over his ear. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ΛΥΣIMAΧOΥ Athena seated to left on throne, holding Nike, crowning the king's name, in her right hand, and leaning her left elbow on her shield; behind her, transverse spear; outer left, thyrsos; inner left, monogram of ΦY. Meydancikkale 2681. Müller 362. Seyrig, Parion 10 (same dies). With a head of Alexander in a bold, individual style, reminiscent of a Seleukid portrait. Attractively toned. Minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 1800 CHF
Second known Stater of Ptolemy Keraunos
Lot 82
KINGS OF THRACE. Ptolemy Keraunos, 281-279 BC. Stater (Gold, 20 mm, 8.53 g, 5 h), in the name and with the types of Lysimachos, Lysimacheia, 281-280. Diademed head of Alexander the Great to right, with horn of Ammon over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated left on low-backed throne, holding Nike, crowning the king’s name, in her right hand, a long, transverse spear in her left, and with her left elbow resting on a shield ornamented with a facing lion's head; to left, below Nike, lion's head to left; to the left of Athena's knee, elephant; on throne, monogram of ΘΕ. Hollstein p. 14, fig. 3 (this coin). Of the greatest rarity, the second known example. A coin of the greatest historical interest. Some very minor marks on the reverse, perhaps at the time of minting, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 42000 CHF
Estimate: 32500 CHF
Lot 83
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 500-463 BC. Stater (Silver, 23 mm, 9.41 g). Nude, ithyphallic and bearded satyr moving right in the archaic ‘running-kneeling’ position, holding a nymph in his arms, who wears thin robes and raises her right hand in protest. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Asyut 104. Le Rider, Thasiennes 2. SNG Copenhagen 1009. Well-centered, nicely toned and with a remarkably detailed obverse, struck from fresh dies. Minor marks and scratches, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
With a strong pedigree going back to the Philipsen collection
Lot 84
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 411-340 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16 mm, 3.85 g, 1 h). Bearded head of Dionysos to left, wearing ivy wreath with berries at his forehead. Rev. ΘΑΣΙΟΝ Herakles, wearing lion's skin headdress and short hunting chiton, kneeling right, shooting his bow; to right, under Herakles' right arm, cicada to right. BMC 43. Le Rider, Thasiennes 15. West p. 34, 5. Nicely toned and with a particularly fine head of Dionysos. Reverse very lightly double-struck, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
From the Imhoof-Blumer collection, published by West in 1929
Lot 85
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 356-345 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 11.5 mm, 1.82 g, 6 h). Youthful male head (a river god?) to left, with long hair bound by a thin wreath of water reeds. Rev. ΘAΣION Herakles, wearing lion's skin, kneeling to right, drawing bow; to right, race torch; all within linear square. Le Rider, Thasiennes 20. Robinson 41 var. (symbol). West p. 41, 31α (this coin). Very rare. Toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3400 CHF
Estimate: 650 CHF
Lot 86
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. 2nd century BC. (Bronze, 16 mm, 3.46 g, 1 h). Head of bearded Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΘAΣIΩN with bow, containing a Thasian wine amphora, above and, below, club over monogram of HPAKΛE. Le Rider, Thasiennes 56-57 var. (monogram). SNG Copenhagen 1054. Very well struck, of good style, and with a fine dark green patina - an unusually attractive piece. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 210 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Published by Svoronos in 1919, pedigreed to the Mathey collection in 1913
Lot 87
THRACO-MACEDONIAN REGION. Berge (previously identified as either Lete or Siris). Circa 525-480 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 10.07 g), probably minted c. 525-500. Satyr standing right, grasping, with his right hand, the right arm of a nymph fleeing to right; to left and right, above and below between them, four large pellets. Rev. Mill-sail incuse square. SNG ANS 948. Svoronos 9a = pl. VII, 7 (this coin, from the Mathey Collection). Well centered and clear with a pleasing old cabinet toning. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 88
MACEDON. Akanthos. Circa 470 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 16.85 g). Lion to right, attacking bull, collapsing to left with head raised to right; above, Θ to the right of the bull's horn; below bull, base of pellets between plain lines; in exergue, floral ornament. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square with granulated surfaces. Desneux 79 (same obverse die). Tselekas Period C, Class VII, Group 19, - but cf. 204/213. Sharply struck and impressive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 12500 CHF
Estimate: 10000 CHF
Lot 89
MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Olynthos. Circa 410-400 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 14.44 g, 12 h). Laureate head of Apollo to left. Rev. Χ-Α-Λ|ΚΙΔ|ΕΩΝ Kithara with seven strings; all within very shallow incuse square. BMFA 577. Robinson & Clement Group H, 20 (A18/P17). Bright, impressive and boldly struck. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 17000 CHF
Estimate: 16000 CHF
Lot 90
MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Olynthos. Circa 383/2 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 14.46 g, 9 h). Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. Χ-Α-Λ|ΚΙΔ|ΕΩΝ Kithara with seven strings; all within very shallow incuse square. Robinson & Clement Group H, 24 (A20/P21). SNG ANS 474. Bright and most attractive, with a head of Apollo of particularly endearing style. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 24000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Lot 91
MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Olynthos. Circa 382-379 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 14.47 g, 3 h). Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. Χ-Α-Λ|ΚΙΔ|ΕΩΝ Kithara with seven strings; all within very shallow incuse square. Robinson & Clement Group H -, but these dies unpublished. Clear, attractive and nicely toned. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
From the Asyut hoard
Lot 92
MACEDON. Terone. Circa 490-480 BC. Stater (Silver, 28.5 mm, 17.31 g). Amphora with three grape clusters draped over the shoulder. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Asyut 225 (this coin). Hardwick Group II, 4. Sharp, clearly struck and attractive. Deep test cut at 11' on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Rarely seen in this condition
Lot 93
MACEDON. Terone. Circa 424-422 BC. Tetrobol (Silver, 16 mm, 2.35 g). T E Oinochoe to left. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Hardwick group IV, 13. SNG ANS 751-4. Carefully centered and nicely toned - an excellent example. Some uncleaned earthen deposits, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Desirable Memphis 'Alexander'
Lot 94
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III 'the Great', 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 17.24 g, 12 h), Memphis, c. 332-323. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on low throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and, in his right, eagle standing right with closed wings; to left, rose; below throne and to right, ΔΙ - Ο. Price 3971. A remarkably fine example of this desirable type. Toned and of the finest style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 8500 CHF
Lot 95
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 15.5 mm, 4.33 g, 7 h), Sardes, circa 330/25-324/3. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on a backless throne, holding eagle in his right hand and long scepter in his left; below eagle, kantharos. Price 2542. Lightly toned, sharp and of fine style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 96
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 29 mm, 17.34 g, 7 h), Tarsos, c. 327-323. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on backless throne, holding eagle in his right hand and lotos tipped scepter in his left; to left, plow; below throne, bunch of grapes; above strut, pellet. Price 3026. A bright, sharp piece, struck in high relief. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 950 CHF
Lot 97
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 18.5 mm, 4.19 g, 11 h), Abydos, 323-319. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on a backless throne, holding eagle in his right hand and long scepter in his left; below eagle, head of Ammon to right; below throne, ivy leaf. Price 1551. Clear and struck on a broad flan. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 275 CHF
With a unusual arrangement of the inscription
Lot 98
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.28 g, 2 h), struck under Philip III Arrhidaios, Tarsos, c. 323-317. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on low throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and, in his right, eagle standing to right with closed wings; to left, before Zeus's knees, Nike flying upwards to right bearing a wreath; below throne, monogram of ANTI above Θ. Price 3039. A lovely, toned coin, struck in high relief with both a splendid head of the youthful Herakles, as well as a finely detailed head of Zeus of gem-like quality. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
With a unusual arrangement of the inscription
Lot 99
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.16 g, 10 h), struck under Philip III Arrhidaios, Myriandos, c. 323-317. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on high-backed throne, holding eagle in his right hand and scepter in his left; in field to left, monogram of ΜΑ; below throne, monogram of ΜΙ. Price 3235. Beautifully toned, very well-centered and with an obverse struck in very high relief. Some minor scratches and a scrape on the head of Zeus, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
Estimate: 1750 CHF
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