nomos 23
30 November 2021 14:00 CET
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Exceptional and well-pedigreed Osca denarius
Lot 1
SPAIN. Bolskan - Osca. Circa 150-100 BC. Denarius (Silver, 17 mm, 3.88 g, 12 h). Bo Bearded male head to right, wearing pearl necklace. Rev. BoLSCaN Horseman with couched lance galloping to right. ACIP 1417. SNG BM Spain 710-33. Well-centered, sharply struck, and attractively toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Possibly the third known example
Lot 2
CELTIC, Northwest Gaul. Uncertain tribe. Circa 3rd-2nd century BC. Hemistater (Electrum, 16 mm, 2.84 g, 10 h), "three lances" type, imitating staters of Philip II of Macedon. Celticized laureate head of Apollo to right, with curly hair. Rev. Charioteer, of strangely simian form, holding a spear in his right hand and the reins in his left, seemingly sitting on the dumb of a horse galloping to right; in field to right, spear upwards; below horse, spear to left and, in exergue, bead and reel design. Delestrée & Tache 106 (same dies). Delestrée, Revue Numismatique 2001, pl. X, 23. Very rare, possibly the third known example. Light scratches, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Very rare type
Lot 3
CELTIC, Central Europe. Helvetii. 2nd century BC. Stater (Electrum, 22 mm, 6.78 g, 10 h). Celticized laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. Deconstructed charioteer driving biga to left; below, two superimposed parallel lines with pellets at their ends; to left, triangle. Allen, SNR 53, pl. 11, 67-68. Castelin -. Flesche -. HMZ 1.8. A very rare type. Well-centered and struck on a broad flan. About very fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 4
CELTIC, Central Europe. Helvetii. 2nd century BC. Stater (Electrum, 22 mm, 7.24 g, 2 h). Celticized laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. Charioteer driving biga (but only one horse) to left; below, two superimposed horizontal parallel lines with pellets at their ends; in field to left, triangle. Allen, SNR 53, pl. 11, 67-68. Castelin -. Flesche -. HMZ 1.8. Very rare. Well-centered and with bold types. About very fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Among the best known examples
Lot 5
CELTIC, Central Europe. Vindelici. Circa 1st century BC. Stater or ’Regenbogenschüsselchen’ (Gold, 20 mm, 7.76 g, 7 h), 'Rolltier' type. Convex surface with ’Rolltier’ to left. Rev. Torques encircling five large pellets. Flesche 283. Kellner type I A. One of the finest known examples. Attractive rose-gold toning. Somewhat weakly struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 6
CELTIC, Central Europe. Vindelici. Circa 2nd-1st century BC. Quarter Stater (Gold, 12 mm, 1.87 g). Almost obliterated celticized male head, with a large eye still discernible. Rev. Cross within a concave surface. Castelin 1085. De la Tour 9454. Dembski 464. Kellner type V A 2158. Rare. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 7
CELTIC, Lower Danube. Imitations of Thasos. Late 2nd-1st centuries BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 33 mm, 16.63 g, 1 h). Highly debased and stylized head of a young Dionysos to right, wearing ivy wreath the leaves of which are formed by opposed Λs and Vs. Rev. Legend devolved to double rows of pellets Stylized figure of Herakles standing facing, holding a "club" with his right hand and a long staff with V-shaped lines attached to his leg in his left; above to right, large annulet. Cf. Lukanc Group VII, 1st and 2nd sub-groups, 1655-1816. OTA Class V/B (Punktelegende). Lightly toned and well-centered, and with a charmingly "lazy" head of Dionysos, which almost looks as if it is walking on two legs! About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Important Populonia XXV Asses from the Stack collection
Lot 8
ETRURIA. Populonia. Circa 211-206 BC. 25 Asses (Gold, 13 mm, 1.40 g), struck during the Second Punic War. X - XV Lion's head to right, with open jaws and protruding tongue. Rev. Blank. HN III 128. SNG ANS 2. SNG Copenhagen 36. Vecchi I, 21.14 (this coin). Rare. Well-struck, sharp and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 11000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 9
ETRURIA. Populonia. Circa 3rd century BC. 20 Asses (Silver, 22 mm, 8.42 g), the ‘Second Metus Group’. Diademed and facing head of Metus, with protruding tongue; below, XX (value mark). Rev. Blank, but with traces of 'designs'. HGC 103. HN III 142. SNG ANS 78-79 (this obverse die). Vecchi Series 37.220 (this coin). Evenly toned and with a powerful obverse. Struck on an oblong flan, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Unusually well struck
Lot 10
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 510-470 BC. Drachm or Third Stater (Silver, 17.5 mm, 2.75 g, 12 h). [MET] 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 29-33. SNG ANS 174-7. SNG Lockett 373-4. Well-centered and with lovely metal; an unusually nice small denomination. Weak area on obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1290 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 11
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 440-430 BC. Obol (Silver, 7 mm, 0.41 g, 2 h). Ear of barley with four grains. Rev. Facing bucranium. Noe 346.2. HN III 1500. SNG Ashmolean 679. Nicely toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 350 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Impressive head of Demeter in lovely Hellenistic style
Lot 12
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 330-290 BC. Nomos (Silver, 19 mm, 7.90 g, 3 h), struck under the magistrates Ap... and Atha... Head of Demeter facing, turned slightly to the right, wearing wreath of grain ears, triple pendant earrings, and necklace; in the lower right field, in very small letters, AΠ. Rev. META Barley ear with leaf to right; above leaf, bucranium; below leaf, AΘA. HN III 1584. Johnston Class C, 2.2 (same obverse die). SNG ANS 463-4 (same dies). Lightly toned, and with a lovely head of Demeter. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
A particularly fine third stater of Metapontum
Lot 13
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 302 BC. Third stater (Gold, 15 mm, 2.62 g, 3 h), Achaian standard. NIKA Head of Nike facing slightly to the right, her hair in an ampyx, wearing a single pendant earring and a pearl necklace. Rev. ΜΕΤΑΠΟΝ Barley ear with six grains and leaf to right. Gulbenkian 71 (same obverse die). HGC 2, 1023. HN III 1629. Johnston G3 (same obverse die). Kraay & Hirmer 245 (same obverse die). With a lovely facing head of Nike, very sharply struck and well-centered on an unusually broad flan. Very slight doubling on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 26000 CHF
Estimate: 22500 CHF
Boldly struck and beautifully toned Thurium Distater
Lot 14
LUCANIA. Thurium. Circa 400-350 BC. Distater (Silver, 27 mm, 15.84 g, 3 h). Head of Athena to right, wearing Attic helmet adorned with Skylla to right on the bowl and a griffin to right on the neck guard. Rev. ΘΟΥΡΙΩΝ Bull butting to right, his head turned slightly to his right; in the exergue, grey mullet swimming to right. HN III 1803. Noe C.2 (same dies). SNG ANS 958 (same dies). Beautifully toned and particularly attractive. Almost imperceptible hairline crack, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5200 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Lot 15
LUCANIA. Thurium. Circa 350-300 BC. Triobol (Silver, 11 mm, 1.09 g, 10 h), struck under the magistrate Ni.... Head of Athena to right wearing crested Attic helmet ornamented with an olive wreath; in the field to right, aphlaston. Rev. ΘΟΥΡΙΩΝ / NI Bull charging to right; in exergue, grey mullet. HN III, 1841. Attractively toned and well-struck. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 425 CHF
Exceptionally well struck and pedigreed early Drachm from Velia
Lot 16
LUCANIA. Velia. Circa 535-465 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16 mm, 3.89 g). Forepart of lion to right, gnawing on stag’s leg. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Dewing 451. HN III 1259. SNG ANS 1208-1210. SNG Delepierre 399. Williams Velia 16a (O10/R5 this coin). Lightly toned and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4600 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Unusually fine and well pedigreed Punic War issue from Bruttium
Lot 17
BRUTTIUM. The Brettii. Circa 214-211 BC. Double or Didrachm (Bronze, 27 mm, 15.66 g, 5 h). Bearded head of Ares to left, wearing a crested Corinthian helmet adorned with a griffin on the bowl; below neck truncation; grain ear; in the field to right, two pellets. Rev. ΒΡΕΤ - ΤΙΩΝ Nike standing to left, holding palm branch in her left hand and crowning military trophy with a wreath held in her right; between Nike and the trophy, cornucopiae; behind Nike, plectrum. HN III 1975. Scheu, Bronze 4. Well-struck and unusually fine; with a dark-brown patina overlaid by stable green deposits. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
From Ars Classica XVI, 1933, 348
Lot 18
BRUTTIUM. Kroton. Circa 280-277 BC. Nomos (Silver, 21.5 mm, 6.57 g, 8 h). Φ Ι Eagle, its head turned back to left, standing right on thunderbolt; to right, terminal figure of Hermes holding phiale in his right hand and kerykeion in his left. Rev. ΚΡΟ Tripod lebes on base; to left, Nike flying to right, holding, with both hands, a wreath to crown the tripod. HN III 2181. Jameson 431. SNG ANS 409. A handsome, toned example of this scarce type. Obverse lightly double-struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 3750 CHF
Scarce Medma Stater
Lot 19
BRUTTIUM. Medma. 4th century BC. Stater (Silver, 21 mm, 8.53 g, 12 h). Pegasos flying to left; below, monogram of ME. Rev. Helmeted head of Athena to left. Calciati 7. HN III 2424. Lightly toned. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Fine style early Punic Tetradrachm
Lot 20
SICILY. Entella. Punic issues, circa 320/15-300 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 17.22 g, 6 h). Head of Tanit-Persephone to left, wearing wreath of grain leaves, triple pendant earring and pearl necklace; in field to left, dolphin swimming downwards above caduceus. Rev. M M (in Punic) Horse's head to left; behind, palm tree. Jenkins, Punic 224 (O68/R193). Well-struck, well-centered, lightly toned and most attractive. Minor striking flatness, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
Lot 21
SICILY. Unlocated Punic mint. Circa 350-300 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26.5 mm, 16.88 g, 11 h). Head of Tanit-Persephone to left, wearing grain wreath, triple pendant earring and pearl necklace; around, four dolphins. Rev. M (Punic) Horse's head to left; behind, date palm. De Luynes 1466 (same dies). Jenkins, Punic, 242 (O75/R205). SNG Lockett 1054. A wonderful coin of fine style, struck from dies prepared by an engraver of great skill. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 22
SICILY. Unlocated Punic mint. Circa 350-300 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 17.40 g, 9 h). Head of Tanit-Persephone to left, wearing grain wreath and triple pendant earring; around, four dolphins. Rev. M (in Punic) Horse's head to left; behind, date palm. De Luynes 1465. (same dies). Jenkins, Punic, 256 (O79/R210). Lightly toned. With an unusually compact horse head. Struck on a slightly tight flan, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
From the Jameson and Niggeler collections, pedigreed to 1911
Lot 23
SICILY. Katane. Circa 461-450 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 16.98 g, 10 h), dies engraved by the "Aetna Master". The river god Amenanos, portrayed as a bearded man-headed bull swimming to right; above, branch; below, fish swimming to right (probably a grey mullet). Rev. ΚΑΤΑΝΕ Nike running to left, holding ribbons in her right hand. BMC 2 (this reverse die). Gulbenkian 175 (same dies). Jameson 1891 (this coin). Kraay & Hirmer 29 (same dies). Niggeler 104 (this coin). Rizzo pl. 9, 3 (same dies). Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4800 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
An artistic miniature
Lot 24
SICILY. Katane. Circa 415/3-404 BC. Litra (Silver, 13.5 mm, 0.86 g, 8 h). Head of Silenos to left, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. ΚΑΤΑΝΑΙΩΝ Winged thunderbolt between two round shields. Boehringer, Kataneische Li 6-7. Rizzo pl. XIV, 18 var. SNG ANS 1266. An exceptional piece: of the finest Classical style, very well-struck, and lacking the usual corrosion that plagues these issues. Reverse slightly double-struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
From the the collection of Samuel Pozzi
Lot 25
SICILY. Leontini. Circa 476-466 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 16.99 g, 7 h). Bearded charioteer driving quadriga galloping to right; above, Nike flying right to crown the horses. Rev. ΛΕΟΝΤΙΝΟΝ (retrograde and partially upside down) Lion’s head with open jaws to right; around, four grains of barley. Boehringer, Münzgeschichte 2. Pozzi 462 (this coin). SNG Copenhagen 335 (same dies). Beautifully toned, of fine style and very well-preserved. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 28000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 26
SICILY. Leontini. Circa 476-466 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 22 mm, 8.69 g, 10 h). Nude jockey on horse trotting to right. Rev. ΛEONTINON Head of lion with open jaws to right; around, four barley grains. Boehringer, Münzgeschichte 11-13. Rizzo, pl 22, 11 (this obverse die). SNG ANS 207 (this obverse die). Beautifully toned and centered, among the finest known examples of the type, a splendid piece. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 10000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
The Kunstfreund example!
Lot 27
SICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny, 485-466 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.35 g, 3 h), struck under Gelon I, c. 480. Charioteer driving quadriga walking to right, holding goad in his right hand and the reins in his left; above, Nike flying right to crown the horses. Rev. ΣVR-ΑΚ-ΟΣΙ-ΟΝ Diademed head of Arethusa to left, her hair bound with a taenia, wearing two necklaces, a simple circlet and one of pearls; around, four dolphins swimming anticlockwise. Boehringer 42.17-18 (V26/R26 this coin). Gulbenkian 249 (same dies). Knoepfler pl 3, 17 (same dies). Kunstfreund, 60 (this coin). Rizzo pl. 34, 11 (same dies). A coin of wonderful late Archaic-Early Classical style, nicely toned and very well-centered. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 44000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Lot 28
SICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny, 485-466 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.08 g, 2 h), struck under Gelon I, 484-483. Male charioteer driving quadriga walking to right, holding goad in his right hand and the reins in his left; above, Nike flying right to crown the horses. Rev. ΣVRΑΚΟΣΙΟΝ Diademed head of Arethusa to right, her hair bound with a taenia, wearing two necklaces, one simple and one of pearls; around, four dolphins swimming to left. Boehringer 46 (V27/R30). Gillet 529 (same reverse die). Jameson 738 (same dies). Rizzo pl. 34, 13. SNG ANS 10 (same dies). Attractively toned and carefully centered on a broad flan. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Dies signed by Eumenes and Eukleidas
Lot 29
SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I, 405-367 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 17.31 g, 7 h), signed by the engravers Eumenes on obverse and Eukleidas on the reverse, circa 400 BC. Quadriga galloping to left with its male driver, holding the reins with both hands and a goad in his right, crowned by Nike, flying to right above, with a wreath held in both of her hands; in the exergue, ΕYΜΗΝΟY. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟ[ΣΙΟΝ] Head of Arethusa to right, her hair bound tightly around her head, wearing a double-curved earring and a simple necklace with a pendant; below chin, EYKΛ/EIΔA in two lines on diptych; around head, four dolphins swimming, two clockwise, and two anticlockwise. BMC 193. HGC 2, 1328. Rizzo pl 42, 13. SNG ANS 259. SNG Lloyd 1368 (same dies). SNG ANS 259. Tudeer (FB) 24e (V9/R16, this coin). Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
From the Collections of the Metropolitan Museum and John Ward
Lot 30
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.22 g, 6 h), signed by the engravers Euainetos on the obverse and Eukleidas on the reverse, circa 410. Quadriga galloping to right with its driver holding the reins with both hands and a goad in his right; above, Nike flying to left, holding a wreath held in both hands to crown the charioteer; in the exergue, wheel; on the exergual line, in tiny letters, EYAINETO. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙOΣ Head of Arethusa to left, her hair bound tightly around her head, wearing a double-curved earring and a simple necklace with a pendant; around head, four dolphins swimming, two clockwise, and two anticlockwise; on lower part of sakkos, EYKΛEI in small letters. BMC 190 (same dies). Burlington Fine Arts Club, Exhibition of Ancient Greek Art, London 1904, pl CIII, 230 = Hill, J. Ward, Greek Coins and their Parent Cities, 1902, 282 (this coin). SNG ANS 266 (same dies). Tudeer (FB) 37v (V12/R23 this coin). Nicely toned, clear and attractive, with an impressive pedigree. Die break on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 16000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Signed by Euainetos, on a panel carried by Nike, and published in Tudeer
Lot 31
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.47 g, 7 h), signed by the engraver Euainetos on the obverse, circa 410 BC. Quadriga galloping to right with its male driver holding the reins with both hands and a goad in his right; above, Nike flying to left, holding a wreath and a panel inscribed [EYAIN/ETO] in both hands; in the exergue, two dolphins swimming towards each other. Rev. [ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ] Head of Arethusa to left, her hair bound tightly around her head, wearing a double-curved earring and a simple necklace with a pendant; around head, four dolphins, two swimming clockwise, and two anticlockwise. BMC 188. Boston MFA 407 (same dies). Gulbenkian 277 (same dies). Kraay & Hirmer 101 (same dies). Rizzo pl. 43, 3 (same reverse die). Tudeer (FB) 42a (V14/R24 this coin). Attractively toned, clear and well-centered. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 17000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Illustrated in Tudeer and from Hirsch VII, 1902, 137
Lot 32
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 17.02 g, 8 h), signed by the engravers Euth… on the obverse and Eumenes on the reverse, circa 415-405. Winged Eros driving fast quadriga to right; above, Nike flying to left, crowning him; in exergue, Skylla swimming to right, holding trident over her left shoulder and pointing to right; behind Skylla, dolphin swimming to right; over Skylla's extended hand (here off the flan), EYΘ. Rev. ΣYPAKO-ΣIΩN Head of Arethusa to left, wearing grain wreath and necklace with a lion's head pendant; around, four dolphins swimming clockwise; below neck truncation, EYM. Gulbenkian 279 (same dies). Jameson 976. Kraay & Hirmer 103 (same dies). Rizzo pl. 43, 11 (same dies). SNG ANS 273 (same dies). Tudeer (FB) 46k (V15/R28 this coin). Fine old cabinet tone. Struck on a tight flan with some flan faults on the obverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 9000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Struck from dies by Euthedemos and Phrygillos; published in Tudeer
Lot 33
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.30 g, 2 h), signed by the engravers Euthedemos on the obverse and Phrygillos on the reverse, circa 410. Winged Eros driving fast quadriga to right; above, Nike flying to left, crowning him; in exergue, Skylla swimming to right, holding trident over her left shoulder and pointing at small fish swimming to right with her right hand; behind Skylla, dolphin swimming to right; over Skylla's extended right hand, EYΘ. Rev. ΣYPAKOΣIΩN Wreathed head of Arethusa left, wearing simple necklace with a lion's head pendant; around, four dolphins swimming clockwise; below neck truncation, ΦPYΓIΛΛ/OΣ. HGC 2, 1334. Jameson 801 (same dies). Kraay & Hirmer 107 (same dies). Rizzo pl. 43, 12 (same dies). SNG ANS 274 (same dies). Tudeer (FB) 47j (V15/R29 this coin). Old cabinet tone. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 12000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Stunning portrait of Arethusa by Parmenides
Lot 34
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 17.33 g, 12 h), reverse die signed by the engraver Parmenides, circa 415-405. 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. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ 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; below, ΠΑΡΜΕ. BMC 213 (same dies). Jameson 836 (same dies). SNG ANS 287 (same dies). SNG Lockett 976 (same dies). Tudeer (FB) 77i (V27/R49, this coin). Ward 297 (same dies). Usual die wear on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 50000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Intriguing 'Dancing Athlete'
Lot 35
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetralitron (Gold, 14.5 mm, 3.50 g, 5 h), c. 406. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙOΝ around the rim of a circular shield, at the center of the raised boss of which is a facing gorgoneion. Rev. Ephebe moving left, nude, leaning slightly forward with his left foot turned outward towards the viewer and his right balanced on his toes, his left hand held behind him as a counterweight while using a strigil, held in his right, apparently to clean off a mixture of oil and dust from his left knee. C. Boehringer, "Ehrenrettung einer syrakusanischen Goldmünze", FlorNum p. 74, 1 (V1/R1). C. Boehringer, "Zu Finanzpolitik und Münzprägung des Dionysios von Syrakus", Essays Thompson pl. 38, 11 (same obverse die). De Luynes 1402 (same obverse die). Extremely rare, one of only eight specimens known, of which only three are in private hands. With an extraordinarily lifelike depiction of an athlete cleaning himself after exercising. Slight depression on the athlete's face and minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 120000 CHF
Estimate: 100000 CHF
A Classical Masterpiece signed by Kimon
Lot 36
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 15.69 g, 3 h), signed by Kimon, c. 405. Head of Arethusa facing slightly to left, with flowing sea swept hair, wearing ampyx inscribed [KIMON], single pendant earring and plain necklace; four dolphins emerging from the locks of her hair around her cheeks and neck. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩ Arethusa driving fast quadriga to left, holding the reins in both hands; above, Nike flying to right preparing to crown charioteer with laurel wreath; below, stele lying on its side; in exergue, grain ear to left. Dewing 846 (same dies). Rizzo pl 51, 2 (same dies). SNG ANS 288 (this coin). Tudeer (FB) 81n (V29/R54 this coin). Deeply toned. Edge chip at 7h, otherwise, good very fine/fine.
Hammer Price: 18000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Ex Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Lot 37
SICILY. Syracuse. Second Democracy, 466-405 BC. Dekadrachm (Silver, 36 mm, 42.56 g, 6 h), Signed by the engraver Euainetos, circa 405-400 BC. Quadriga galloping to left, driven by a female charioteer holding the reins with both hands; above, Nike flying right, holding wreath to crown the driver; in the exergue, on two slightly raised lines, shield, pair of greaves, cuirass and crested helmet; below, [ΑΘΛΑ]. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Head of Arethusa to left, wearing wreath of reeds, triple pendant earring and necklace of pearls; around, four dolphins; below the dolphin swimming under Arethusa’s neck, ΕΥΑΙ[ΝΕ]. BMFA 424 (this coin). Gallatin O V1-R.C.XIV. 3 (this coin). SNG ANS 369. Nicely toned and well-centered with a partially visible signature of Euainetos. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 50000 CHF
Estimate: 45000 CHF
Lot 38
SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I, 405-367 BC. Dekadrachm (Silver, 34 mm, 42.12 g, 5 h), unsigned but in the style of Euainetos, circa 390. Charioteer, wearing long chiton, holding goad in his right hand and the reins in his left, driving a racing quadriga to left; above, Nike flying right to crown the charioteer; in the exergue on two steps, a panoply of arms. Rev. [ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ] Head of Kore-Persephone to left, her hair bound in a wreath of reeds, wearing a pearl necklace and a triple pendant earring; behind her neck, scallop shell; around, four dolphins. De Luynes 1246 (same dies). De Nanteuil 359 (same dies). Gallatin R. XVII/G 1. Well-centered and with an attractive grey patina. Some die rust, a minor die break on the obverse and a punch mark on the reverse (with a corresponding area of flatness on the obverse), otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 26000 CHF
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Illustrious pedigrees since 1908!
Lot 39
SICILY. Syracuse. Dionysios I, 405-367 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 16.81 g, 3 h), unsigned but in the style of Eukleidas, circa 400. Charioteer, holding kentron in his right hand and reins in both, driving fast quadriga to left; above, Nike flying right, crowning charioteer with a wreath held in both hands; in exergue, dolphin swimming to left. Rev. ΣYPAKOΣIΩN Head of Arethusa to left, her hair bound with sphendone over which several tresses fly behind, wearing double-loop earring and plain necklace with pendant; around head, four dolphins swimming, two clockwise, and two anticlockwise. HGC 2, 1345. SNG ANS 299. SNG Lloyd 1406 (same dies). Tudeer 101d (V34/R70 this coin). Attractively toned and with a wonderful pedigree. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Ex Ars Classica XVII, 1934, 273
Lot 40
SICILY. Syracuse. Agathokles, 317-289 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 16.79 g, 1 h), circa 310-305. Wreathed head of Arethusa to left, wearing triple pendant earring and pearl necklace; around, three dolphins; below neck, monogram of NK. Rev. ΣYPAKOΣIΩN Charioteer, holding kentron in right hand and reins in left, driving galloping quadriga to left; above, triskeles to left; in exergue, monogram of ΑΙ. Ierardi 12 (O2/R8), but incorrectly listed as 28g. SNG Lloyd 1477 (same obverse die). SNG ANS 637 (same obverse die). Old collection toning. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 4400 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
The last tyrant of Syracuse
Lot 41
SICILY. Syracuse. Hieronymos, 215-214 BC. 5 Litrai (Silver, 17.5 mm, 4.26 g, 7 h). Diademed head of Hieronymos to left. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ - IEPΩNYMOY Winged thunderbolt; above, ΞA. Holloway 60 (same dies). SNG Lloyd 1566. Very attractively toned and with an elegant portrait of an unworthy ruler. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 42
CARTHAGE. Circa 340-330 BC. Stater (Gold, 19 mm, 9.17 g, 7 h). Head of Tanit to left, wearing a triple pendant earring, a necklace, tied at the back and hung with eight pendants, and a wreath of grain leaves. Rev. Horse standing to right; in field to right, three pellets arranged as a triangle. Jenkins & Lewis Group IIIg, cf. 67. Sharply struck, lightly toned and very attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 9500 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Carthaginian Stater of fine style and virtually as struck
Lot 43
CARTHAGE. Circa 350-320 BC. Stater (Gold, 18 mm, 9.30 g, 2 h). Head of Tanit to left, wearing triple pendant earring, necklace, tied at the back and hung with eight pendants, and a wreath of grain leaves. Rev. Horse standing to right; in field to right, before horse’s fore legs, three pellets arranged as an inverted triangle. Jenkins & Lewis Group IIIh, 77-87 (neither die recorded). Well-struck and very sharp, perfectly centered and of great style. Among the best known. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 18000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Pedigreed to 1959. Fine style!
Lot 44
CARTHAGE. Circa 350-320 BC. Stater (Gold, 18 mm, 9.23 g, 7 h). Head of Tanit to left, wearing triple pendant earring, necklace, tied at the back and hung with eight pendants, and a wreath of grain leaves. Rev. Horse standing to right; in field to right, before horse’s forelegs, three pellets arranged as an inverted triangle. Jenkins & Lewis Group IIIh (both dies unrecorded). With a wonderful old, reddish cabinet tone. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 28000 CHF
Estimate: 15000 CHF
Lot 45
CARTHAGE. c. 290-270 BC. Stater (Electrum, 18.5 mm, 7.39 g, 12 h). Head of Tanit to left, wearing grain wreath, triple pendant earring and pearl necklace with ten pendants. Rev. Horse standing to right; on ground line to right, pellet. Jenkins & Lewis Group VI, 318-20 (different dies). SNG Copenhagen 977. Well-centered and with light luster present. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Lot 46
CARTHAGE. c. 290-270 BC. Stater (Electrum, 20 mm, 7.39 g, 12 h). Head of Tanit to left, wearing grain wreath, triple pendant earring and pearl necklace with eight pendants. Rev. Horse standing to right; on ground line to right, pellet; in field next to horse's left hind leg, two pellets. Jenkins & Lewis Group VI, cf. 326. Clear and attractive, well-centered and struck on a broad flan. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Impressive Trihemistater struck from masterfully engraved dies
Lot 47
CARTHAGE. Circa 270-264 BC. Trihemistater (Gold, 23.5 mm, 12.47 g, 12 h). Head of Tanit to left, wearing wreath of grain ears, triple pendant earring, and necklace with eighteen hanging pendants. Rev. Unbridled horse standing right on single exergual line, head turned to look back. Jenkins & Lewis Group IX, 378 (same dies). MAA 26. SNG Copenhagen 181. Perfectly centered and struck, and from exceptionally well-engraved dies. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 55000 CHF
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Pedigreed to Ars Classica XVII, 1934, 398
Lot 48
CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS. Pantikapaion. Circa 340-325 BC. Stater (Gold, 22.5 mm, 9.09 g, 11 h). Head of Pan to left, wearing a wreath of ivy. Rev. Π-Α-Ν Griffin standing on grain ear to left, his head facing front, holding a spear in his mouth and with his right forepaw raised. Anokhin 1021. HGC 7, 20. Kraay & Hirmer 440. MacDonald 54. SNG BM Black Sea 867. Attractively toned and perfectly centered, of impressively bold Graeco-Scythian style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 160000 CHF
Estimate: 75000 CHF
Lot 49
SKYTHIA. Olbia. Circa 350-330 BC. Large Bronze (Bronze, 65 mm, 106.00 g, 12 h), cast. Head of Demeter facing, wearing grain ear wreath and pendant necklace. Rev. OΛBIH Sea eagle, with spread wings and head to right, standing to left on a dolphin swimming to left. Anokhin 7. Karyshkovskij p. 400, pl. VIII, 27. SNG BM Black Sea 390-2. With a fine and attractive facing head of Demeter, and a green and brown patina with light earthen highlights. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8500 CHF
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Published by May and from Ars Classica XIII, 1928, 630
Lot 50
THRACE. Abdera. Circa 411/10 - 386/5 BC. Tetrobol (Silver, 15 mm, 2.85 g, 1 h), struck under the magistrate Proteus, 366-365. ABΔ Griffin springing to left. Rev. EΠI ΠPΩTEΩ around three grain-ears within a linear square. AMNG II 124. HGC 3.2, 1218. May 361 (A261/P302, this coin). Attractive old collection toning. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 51
THRACE. Abdera. Circa 375/3-365/0 BC. Stater (Silver, 24 mm, 11.36 g, 6 h), struck under the magistrate Pausanias. ΕΠΙ / ΠΑΥΣΑΝΙΩ Griffin seated to left, right forepaw raised. Rev. ΑΒΔΗΡΙ / ΤΕΩΝ Laureate head of Apollo to right. May, Abdera 465-481 (A313/P380 but this die combination unrecorded). Clear, attractive and lightly toned. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Beautifully toned, illustrated by May, and from Hamburger 96, 1932, 88
Lot 52
THRACE. Ainos. Circa 429-427/6 BC. Diobol (Silver, 12 mm, 1.26 g, 6 h). Head of Hermes wearing petasos to right. Rev. AIN Goat standing to right; to right, vine tendril; all within shallow incuse. May, Ainos 182 (A105/P130, this coin). SNG Copenhagen 405. Dark old collection toning. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
A rare and unusual Tetradrachm by 'The Thracians'
Lot 53
THRACE. “The Thracians”. Circa 88 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 32 mm, 16.32 g, 12 h), issued during the Mithridatic wars. Head of youthful Dionysos to right, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. ΗΡΑΚΛΕΟΥΣ / ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ / ΘPAKΩN Herakles standing left, nude but for lion's skin over his shoulder and left arm; resting right hand on club; to left, monogram. AMNG II p. 1, 1 var (different monogram). HGC 3.2, - and HGC 6, -. Youroukova 146. One of the best known examples of this rare and unusual type. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 54
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 500-463 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 8.98 g). Nude ithyphallic 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 of windmill form. Asyut 104. Le Rider, Thasiennes 2. SNG Copenhagen 1008-1009. Dark patina as found, with very bold figures. Some traces of corrosion, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 55
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 480-463 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 8.07 g). Nude, ithyphallic satyr rushing to right in the archaic kneeling-running position, holding a nymph in his arms who raises her right hand in protest. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. HGC 6, 331. Le Rider, Thasiennes 5. SNG Copenhagen 1010. Unusual with the hand of the nymph so clear. Light porosity, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 850 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Thasos Drachm of particularly refined Classical style
Lot 56
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Circa 412-404 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16 mm, 3.70 g). Ithyphallic satyr advancing partly to right, carrying protesting nymph. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. HGC 6, 336. Le Rider, Thasiennes 8. Attractively toned, and struck from an obverse die of particularly refined, Classical style. Small edge split, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Lot 57
ISLANDS OFF THRACE, Thasos. Q. Braetius Sura, Proquaestor, 89-87 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 31.5 mm, 15.75 g, 11 h), overstruck, possibly on an Athenian New Style tetradrachm, but more likely on an earlier issue of Thasos. Head of youthful Dionysos to right, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. ΗΡΑΚΛΕΟΥΣ / ΣΩΤΗΡΟΣ / ΘAΣIΩN Herakles standing left, nude but for lion's skin over his shoulder and left arm, resting right hand on club; in the inner left field, monogram of SVR (the VR in ligature). Cf. HGC 360 & Le Rider 52, both with a Q above SVR on the reverse. Struck from the same obverse die as Gorny & Mosch 269, 2020, 207, but there with the usual Q above the monogram on the reverse - that coin was also overstruck on an earlier tetradrachm, very possibly Athenian. A splendid, sharp example. Graffito on the obverse and traces of overstriking, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1700 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Of lovely Hellenistic style and struck in high relief
Lot 58
KINGS OF THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30 mm, 17.09 g, 12 h), Lampsakos, 297/6-282/1. Diademed head of Alexander the Great to right, with horn of Ammon over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated to left on throne, leaning her left elbow on her shield and holding Nike, crowning the king’s name, in her right hand; behind, transverse spear with point below left; in outer field to left, herm to left; in inner field to left, monogram of ΔΞ. Müller 91. SNG BN 2553-4. Thompson 50. Lightly toned and of very fine style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Lot 59
KINGS OF THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 17.07 g, 11 h), Ephesos (?), circa 294-287. Diademed head of the deified Alexander the Great to right, with horn of Ammon over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated to left on throne, leaning her left elbow on her shield and holding Nike, crowning the king’s name, in her right hand; behind, transverse spear with point below left; in outer field to left, tripod. Cf. Müller 336 (drachm, Philippi). Thompson -, but cf. 170. Lightly toned, and with a pleasing portrait of Alexander. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 60
KINGS OF THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 21.5 mm, 17.13 g, 9 h), Amphipolis, 288/7-282/1. Diademed head of Alexander the Great to right, with horn of Ammon over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated to left on throne, leaning her left elbow on her shield and holding Nike, crowning the king’s name, in her right hand; behind, transverse spear with point upwards; in inner field to left, kerykeion with handle to right; in outer right field, monogram of ΕΥ. HGC 3, 1750l. Müller 102. Thompson 195. Well-centered and struck in high relief. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lot 61
KINGS OF THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30 mm, 16.84 g, 11 h), Kios, struck after 281. Diademed head of Alexander the Great to right with horn of Ammon over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated to left on throne, leaning her left elbow on her shield and holding Nike, crowning the king’s name, in her right hand; behind, transverse spear; in outer left field, club; in inner left field, monogram; below in exergue, bow in bowcase and monogram of AΓ. HGC 7, 555. Meydancikkale 2668. Müller 413. Well-centered, and with a rather serene portrait of Alexander. Some minor marks, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Extraordinary depiction of Alexander the Great
Lot 62
KINGS OF THRACE. Lysimachos, 305-281 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 32 mm, 17.14 g, 11 h), uncertain mint, perhaps in northwestern Asia Minor, probably of early posthumous date, perhaps in the 270s. Diademed head of Alexander the Great to right, with horn of Ammon over his ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΛΥΣΙΜΑΧΟΥ Athena seated left on throne; behind, transverse spear; in the inner left field, monogram of ΜΑ or MAH; in the exergue, monogram of ΜΕ. Cf. Müller 532. Thompson -. Struck from the same obverse die as a tetradrachm of Lysimachos that appeared as Roma E-sale 80, (2021), 297, identified as being a lifetime issue from an uncertain mint. It has a similar monogram in the inner left field and a reversed ΜΕ monogram in the exergue. Very probably unpublished. With an extraordinary portrait-like head of Alexander in a rather strong, elongated style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4800 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Boldly struck and clear Oktadrachm
Lot 63
THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Bisaltai. Circa 475-465 BC. Oktadrachm (Silver, 32 mm, 28.43 g). CΙΣΑ ΛΤΙΚΩΝ (partially retrograde and inverted) Nude male hero, facing and wearing petasos with his head to right, standing behind a bridled horse walking to right, holding its reins and two spears. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. AMNG III/2, 4 var. HPM pl. XI, 5-6 var. SNG Oxford 2242 var. Topalov 33. Bold and clear. Slightly porous and slightly weakly struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 64
THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Mygdones or Krestones. Circa 490-485 BC. 1/8 Stater (Silver, 12 mm, 1.08 g). Goat kneeling right on pelleted ground line, his head turned back to left; above and to right, pellet. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. SNG ANS 59ff (as Aigai). SNG Copenhagen 31. A pleasing little coin with a vigorous goat. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
Lot 65
THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Orreskioi. Circa 480-465 BC. Diobol (Silver, 11.5 mm, 1.09 g). Bull standing to right, beginning to crouch down. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. SNG ANS 985. Lightly toned. Bold and attractive. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Exceptional example for this type
Lot 66
THRACO-MACEDONIAN REGION. Siris. Circa 500-490 BC. Trihemiobol or 1/8 Stater (Silver, 11 mm, 1.07 g). Nude satyr seated right with his knees up before him; to left and right, pellet. Rev. Diagonally divided incuse square. SNG ANS 971-973. Svoronos pl. VIII, 13-17. Perfectly centered and exceptionally well-struck for the type. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 67
MACEDON. Amphipolis. 369/8 BC. Drachm (Silver, 15 mm, 3.43 g, 4 h). Laureate head of Apollo facing, turned slightly to the right. Rev. ΑΜΦIΠΟΛΙΤΕΩΝ Raised square frame surrounding a race torch with flames burning to the left; all within a very shallow incuse square. BMC 7. Lorber 59 (O6/R5). Nice style. Attractively toned and well-centered. Slightly porous, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Lot 68
MACEDON. Neapolis. Circa 500-480 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 9.01 g). Gorgoneion with gnashing teeth and protruding tongue. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Dewing 1063. SNG ANS 403-4. Svoronos HPM pl. 9, 31. Darkly toned, well-centered and well-struck. Some roughness, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Terrifying facing Gorgo
Lot 69
MACEDON. Neapolis. Circa 500-480 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 9.52 g), c. 500. Facing Gorgoneion with gnashing teeth and extended tongue. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Dewing 1063. SNG ANS 403-404. Svoronos HPM pl. 9, 31. Boldly struck. Some roughness and struck on a narrow flan, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 70
MACEDON. Sermyle. Circa 500-470 BC. Stater (Silver, 27 mm, 16.90 g). SERMYΛIAO-N Armored warrior, holding spear aloft in his raised right hand, on horseback galloping to right; below, base formed of two horizontal lines enclosing a line of pellets. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square, with a cross-like ornament composed of five pellets at the center. AMNG III/2, 3, pl. XXI, 5 = de Hirsch 987 = Traité I 1668 (struck from the same dies). Rare. Clear and well-centered, with attractive grey surfaces. Usual minor granularity and with an obverse lightly struck, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
A majestic horseman Tetradrachm published by Raymond
Lot 71
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander I, 498-454 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 12.66 g, 6 h), circa 460-451/0. Horseman, wearing chlamys and petasos, and holding two spears, riding horse walking to right; partially over exergual line, A. Rev. Forepart of a goat kneeling to right; all in a square linear frame within a shallow incuse square. Raymond 65a (TP19/A20, this coin, recorded when it was still in the collection of O. Ravel). SNG ANS 25-26. Rare. Nicely toned. Some striking flatness, minor cuts on the reverse and some porosity, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 72
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip II, 359-336 BC. Stater (Gold, 17.5 mm, 8.60 g, 5 h), Pella, circa 345-340 or 342-336. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ Charioteer driving chariot drawn by two rearing horses to right, holding reins in his left hand and goad in his right; below horses, kantharos. Le Rider Pella II B, 141-143 var (D-/R104 an unrecorded obverse die, but very close to D71). SNG ANS 141 (this reverse die). Of very refined Classical style. Traces of mounting on the edge, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Struck in high relief and certainly one of the best examples known
Lot 73
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip II, 359-336 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 14.28 g, 8 h), struck under Philip III Arrhidaios, Pella, circa 323/2-315. Laureate head of Zeus to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠ - ΠΟΥ Nude jockey riding horse walking to right, holding long palm branch in his right hand; below horse, coiled serpent; to right, Boeotian shield. Le Rider 525 (D279/R433). SNG ANS 450. Very attractive; well-struck in high relief and lightly toned; among the best examples known. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Impressive Alexander the Great dekadrachm
Lot 74
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Dekadrachm (Silver, 32 mm, 42.33 g, 6 h), Babylon, circa 325-323. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left on high-backed throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and, on his right, eagle standing to right with closed wings; below throne, monogram over M. HGC 3.2, 909. Hunt I 102 (same obverse die). Price 3598, pl. XVII (same dies) = Price, Mnemata p. 69, 1-5. An impressive and important coin. Well-centered and struck, and with excellent detail. Surface corrosion, small scuff on reverse, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 38000 CHF
Estimate: 27500 CHF
Fine style Macedonian Distater from Amphipolis
Lot 75
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Distater (Gold, 22 mm, 17.23 g, 1 h), Amphipolis, circa 325-319. Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with a coiled serpent. Rev. AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ Nike standing left, holding wreath in her right hand and stylis in her left; to left, kantharos. Price 167. Rare, well-centered and clear. A few very minor deposits, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 34000 CHF
Estimate: 25000 CHF
Rare with Herakles to left
Lot 76
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 17.26 g, 7 h), "Pella", 325-315. Head of youthful Herakles to left, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ Zeus seated left on a backless throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and, in his right, eagle standing right with closed wings; below throne, Θ. Price 213 var (but there Zeus is seated on a throne with a back). Very rare. Attractive light toning and struck from boldly engraved dies. Graffiti, ΙΙΗ Σ, on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
A very rare variety
Lot 77
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.16 g, 10 h), struck under Philip III Arrhidaios, Amphipolis, circa 320-317. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated to left on backless throne, holding eagle on his outstretched right hand and long scepter in his left; in field to left, vertical thunderbolt; below throne, Π•. Ehrhardt, Amphipolis 10. HGC 991 (Kassander). Price 138. Troxell L9. A very rare variety - unillustrated in Price - and with only two examples known to Troxell. Struck in high relief, of very good style, and nicely toned. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1400 CHF
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Lovely miniature head of a roaring lion on the reverse
Lot 78
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Stater (Gold, 18.5 mm, 8.49 g, 12 h), struck under Lysimachos, circa 323-300 BC, uncertain mint in western Asia Minor or Thrace (Lysimacheia?). Head of Athena to right, wearing Corinthian helmet adorned with coiled serpent. Rev. AΛEΞANΔPOY Nike standing left, holding wreath in her right hand and stylis in her left; to left, head of roaring lion left. Price 2698 var. Müller 328. Extremely rare. Clear and attractive. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF
Estimate: 4000 CHF
The best known example of a scarce issue
Lot 79
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 26 mm, 17.08 g, 9 h), possibly struck under Seleukos I Nikator (but SC doubts that), uncertain mint in Asia Minor or the Levant, circa 310. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ AΛEΞANΔPOY 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, monogram of ΔΑ; below throne, but above strut, ΘΕ. HGC 10h. Price 3786. SC 295. A very rare issue; clear, attractive and toned. Some scratches and surface roughness but still the best known example of Price 3786, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 80
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 18 mm, 4.33 g, 11 h), struck under Lysimachos, Kolophon, circa 301/0-300/299. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left, holding eagle in his right hand and scepter in his left; in field to left, lion forepart left above Φ; below throne, pentagram. HGC 3, 1751d. Müller 357. Price 1840. Thompson 120. Clear and struck on a broad flan. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 340 CHF
Estimate: 250 CHF
Lot 81
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17 mm, 4.26 g, 3 h), Mylasa or Kaunos, circa 300-280. 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, labrys between Δ-Ι. Price 2076. Thompson 18. An attractive piece struck on a broad flan. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 320 CHF
Estimate: 275 CHF
Lot 82
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 20 mm, 4.24 g, 11 h), Chios, circa 290-275 BC. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated left, holding eagle in his right hand and scepter in his left; in left field, monogram above grape bunch. Price 2318. Well-struck on a broad flan. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Estimate: 225 CHF
Lot 83
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Stater (Gold, 18 mm, 8.44 g, 12 h), Kallatis, circa 250-225. Helmeted head of Athena to right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet adorned with a serpent. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Nike standing to left, holding olive wreath in her right hand and stylis in her left; to left, monogram. Price 894. Well-centered, clear and of unusually fine style. Somewhat lightly struck, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
Estimate: 3250 CHF
Lot 84
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 31.5 mm, 16.84 g, 12 h), struck posthumously, Aspendos in Pamphylia, year Δ = 4 = 209/8. Head of youthful Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated to left on a backless throne, holding eagle in his outstretched right hand, and scepter in his left; AΣ above date (Δ) in left field. DCA 312. Price 2882. Carefully centered on a broad flan, and slightly toned. Minor die shift on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Estimate: 1250 CHF
The head of Athena in unusual local style; one of only three known examples
Lot 85
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios, 323-317 BC. Stater (Gold, 18 mm, 8.51 g, 11 h), Arados, 323-320. Head of Athena to right, wearing pendant earring, necklace and a crested Corinthian helmet adorned with two olive leaves (?) and a serpent coiled to right. Rev. ΒΑΣ-ΙΛΕΩΣ ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ Nike standing left, holding wreath in her right hand and stylis with her left; at feet to left, ΔΙ above thunderbolt. Duyrat 874 (D13/R22) = Price P138, pl. XVI (same dies). Extremely rare, with Duyrat knowing of just two specimens, both struck from these same dies. Apparently the first issue of Philip III from Arados, struck from an obverse die in an unusual local style. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
Lot 86
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios, 323-317 BC. Stater (Gold, 18 mm, 8.55 g, 9 h), Lampsakos, 323-317. Head of Athena to right, wearing pendant earring, necklace and crested Corinthian helmet adorned with a serpent coiled to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ Nike standing left, holding wreath in her right hand and stylis with her left; to left, buckle above crescent over Α. Price P13. Clear and well-centered. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 2600 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Lot 87
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip III Arrhidaios, 323-317 BC. Stater (Gold, 17.5 mm, 8.61 g, 6 h), uncertain Eastern mint, circa 320. Head of Athena to right, wearing pendant earring, necklace and crested Corinthian helmet adorned with a serpent coiled to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ Nike standing left, holding wreath in her right hand and stylis with her left; in field to left, monogram of ΑΝΤ. Meydancikkale 2065. Price P224. Very scarce and with a Nike of splendid style. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
Estimate: 2250 CHF
Dramatic style Antigonos Tetradrachm
Lot 88
KINGS OF MACEDON. Antigonos II Gonatas, 277/6-239 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 32.5 mm, 17.03 g, 1 h), "dramatic style", Amphipolis, circa 252/1-246. Horned head of Pan to left, wearing goat's skin and around his neck and with lagobolon behind; all within the center of a Macedonian shield adorned with stars and crescents. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOΥ Athena Alkidemos striding to left, hurling thunderbolt with her upraised right hand and holding shield with her left; in field to left, Macedonian helmet with transverse crest; in field to right, monogram of HΛ. Panagopoulou Period II, Group 6, 24 (O04/R23). Pozzi 970 (same dies). SNG Klagenfurt 578. Sharply struck from fresh dies. Small flan flaw on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
Lot 89
KINGS OF MACEDON. Antigonos III Doson, 229-221 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 31 mm, 16.99 g, 5 h), in the types of Antigonos Gonatas, Amphipolis, circa 229-221/0. Horned head of Pan to left, wearing goat's skin tied around his neck and with lagobolon behind; all within the center of a Macedonian shield adorned with seven stars within double crescents. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOΥ Athena Alkidemos striding to left, hurling thunderbolt with her upraised right hand and holding shield with her left; in field to left, Macedonian helmet with transverse crest; in field to right, HΛ monogram. Panagopoulou Period IV, Group 13, 57 (O12/R55) corr (this obverse die is recorded as O12 by Panagopoulou, but is undoubtedly different to the one that struck the examples of 55-56 - the obverse die of this example is the same as the one depicted in pl. 51 representing #57). SNG Berry 351. Nicely centered. Minor porosity on reverse edge, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 700 CHF
Estimate: 800 CHF
Lot 90
KINGS OF MACEDON. Antigonos III Doson, 229-221 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30 mm, 16.97 g, 10 h), in the types of Antigonos Gonatas, Amphipolis, circa 229-221/0. Horned head of Pan to left, wearing goat's skin around his neck and with lagobolon behind; all within the center of a Macedonian shield adorned with stars and crescents. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ ANTIΓONOΥ Athena Alkidemos striding to left, hurling thunderbolt with her upraised right hand and holding shield with her left; in field to left, Macedonian helmet with transverse crest; in field to right, TΙ. Panagopoulou Period IV, Group 6, 29 (O09/R27). SNG Alpha Bank 983 (same dies). Bold, attractive and well-struck. Minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1300 CHF
Estimate: 800 CHF
Lot 91
THESSALY. Larissa. Mid to late 4th century BC. Tetrachalkon (Bronze, 20.5 mm, 8.67 g, 12 h). Head of the nymph Larissa, three-quarter facing to left, wearing ampyx and pearl-drop earring. Rev. ΛΑΡΙ - Σ - ΑΙΩΝ Bridled horse trotting to right; below, grain ear. Cf. BCD Thessaly II 387.8 (E above horse). HGC 4, 517. Rogers 279. Dark brown and tan patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Estimate: 500 CHF
Lot 92
THESSALY. Phalanna. Circa 360-340 BC. Trihemiobol (Silver, 11 mm, 1.23 g, 3 h). Youthful male head to right with short, curly hair, perhaps Peloros (?). Rev. ΦΑΛ-ΑΝ-Ν-ΑΙΩ-Ν Bridled horse trotting right, with curly tail. BCD Thessaly II 571 (same dies). HGC 4, 168. Toned, clear and quite attractive. Some porosity, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 300 CHF
Lot 93
THESSALY. Trikka. Circa 440-400 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 15 mm, 3.28 g, 5 h). Youthful hero, Thessalos, nude (with neither cloak nor petasus), striding to right, holding a band in both his hands around the head of the forepart of a bull rushing right. Rev. TPI-KKA Forepart of bridled horse to right; all within incuse square. BCD Thessaly II 775.4 (same obverse die, reverse with different legend arrangement). HGC 4, 311. Well-centered and clear; examples with Thessalos completely nude are quite uncommon. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
Estimate: 400 CHF
Lot 94
THESSALY. Trikka. Circa 440-400 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 17 mm, 3.02 g, 2 h). Youthful hero, Thessalos, nude but for cloak and petasos hanging over his shoulder, striding right, holding a band in both his hands around the head of the forepart of a bull moving right; E below bull’s head, V between the legs of Thessalos. Rev. ΤΡΙ-KKA Forepart of bridled horse with trailing reins to right; all within incuse square. BCD Thessaly I -. BCD Thessaly II 775.5 (same obverse die, reverse with different legend arrangement). HGC 4, 311. Lightly toned. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 400 CHF
Estimate: 350 CHF
Oxhide shaped mina weight
Lot 95
ILLYRIA. Uncertain city. 4th-2nd century BC. Weight of 1 Mna (Bronze, 65x67x18 mm, 389.00 g, 12 h), an ingot-shaped bronze weight with an impressive high relief head of a boar. Head of a boar to left, with protruding ear. Rev. Blank. Tekin, Balance Weights, -. Rare and impressive. Beautifully made and with a fine, green patina. Light cleaning marks. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Lot 96
AKARNANIA. Leukas. Circa 350-320 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 8.55 g, 3 h). Λ Pegasos flying to left. Rev. Helmeted head of Athena to left; behind, two knotted cords. BCD Akarnania -. BMC 83. Cammann 25. Pegasi 124-125. Well-centered, clear and lightly toned. Graffito of ΛΙΝΓ in the obverse field, below Pegasos, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Estimate: 275 CHF
Well pedigreed Pegasus with interesting symbol
Lot 97
AKARNANIA. Leukas. Circa 320-280 BC. Stater (Silver, 22 mm, 8.45 g, 9 h). Λ Pegasus with straight wings, flying to left. Rev. Head of Athena to right, wearing Corinthian helmet; behind, Hermes standing right, tying sandal and holding kerykeion. BCD Akarnania 262.2. Calciati 99. An attractive issue with pleasing toning and an interesting symbol. Light porosity, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2000 CHF
Estimate: 1500 CHF
Exceptionally well-centered Athenian 'Owl'
Lot 98
ATTICA. Athens. Circa 500-490 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 21 mm, 17.24 g, 2 h). Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet, a simple necklace and a circular earring. Rev. ΑΘΕ Owl with closed wings standing right, head facing; behind, in the middle of the field, olive sprig; all within incuse square. Asyut Group IVa. HGC 4, 1590. Seltman Group Gi, uncertain dies, but cf. A123-A130, and P139-P149. Cf. Svoronos pl. IV, 33 and 35. A splendid example, beautifully toned and, while struck on the usual tight flan, it is so well-centered that there is a remarkably complete head of Athena, including a virtually full helmet crest, and an equally complete owl. Some porosity and minor marks, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 19000 CHF
Estimate: 7500 CHF
Lot 99
ATTICA. Athens. Circa 500/490-485/0 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 23 mm, 16.68 g, 7 h). Head of Athena to right, wearing close-fitted crested Attic helmet decorated with a small spiral on the bow, a dotted chevron crest support, a disc earring and with the hair over her forehead shown in tight curls. Rev. AΘE Owl standing right, head facing; in field to left, olive sprig with two leaves and a berry; all within incuse square. Asyut Group IVc. HGC 4, 1590. Seltman 246 (Group Gii, very similar obverse, A162, but differing reverse die). Svoronos pl. 4, 29 ff. An impressive piece with a very complete obverse. Athena's face lightly struck and with some corrosion, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 2700 CHF
Estimate: 3000 CHF
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