nomos 9
21 October 2014
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
KINGS of PARTHIA. Mithradates II, 121-91 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30mm, 15.80 g 12), Seleukeia on the Tigris, 119-109. Diademed bust of Mithradates to left, wearing torc and elaborate robes. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Archer seated to right, holding bow; to right, palm branch; below, ΤΥ. BMFA 2217. Sellwood 24.4. Shore 67. An exceptional piece, unusually well struck and perfectly centered. Some minor flan faults, otherwise, virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 7750 CHF
Estimate: 6500 CHF
KINGS of PARTHIA. Mithradates II, 121-91 BC. Drachm (Silver, 20mm, 4.22 g 11), Ekbatana, 119-109. Diademed bust of Mithradates II to left, wearing torque and elaborate robes. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΑΡΣΑΚΟΥ / ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥΣ Arsakes I seated right on low throne, holding bow. Sellwood 26.1. Shore 77. A splendid piece, beautifully toned, well centered and struck on a large flan. Good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 600 CHF
Estimate: 750 CHF
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Eukratides I, c. 170-145 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 34mm, 17.02 g 12), c. later 160s. Diademed and draped bust of Eukratides to right, wearing Macedonian helmet adorned with bull’s horn and ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΥ / ΕΥΚΡΑΤΙΔΟΥ The Dioskouri galloping to right, each holding spear and palm branch; below right, monogram. Bopearachchi Series 6E, 29. Mitchiner 177ee. SNG ANS 465. A superb, lightly toned, lustrous, beautifully struck coin, perfectly centered on a broad flan. An exceptionally fine example. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 2800 CHF
Estimate: 2750 CHF
BAKTRIA, Greco-Baktrian Kingdom. Eukratides I, c. 170-145 BC. Obol (Silver, 11mm, 0.72 g 12), c. later 160s BC. Diademed and draped bust of Eukratides to right, wearing Macedonian helmet adorned with bull’s horn and ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΕΥΚΡΑΤΙΔΟΥ The two caps of the Diokouroi, each with a palm branch beside it; below, monogram of ΗΜΑ. Bopearachchi Série 9C. SNG ANS 496. A very attractive, toned example, struck on a broad flan. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 200 CHF
Estimate: 200 CHF
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