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6 May 2009
Widder Hotel, Zürich
Lot 86
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Current Bid:
ARKADIA, Stymphalos. Circa 370-350 BC. Obol (Silver, 0.88 g 5), Circa 350s-340s. Head of Herakles in lionskin headdress to right Rev. ΣΤΥΜΦΑΛΙΟΝ Head of water-bird with one crest feather to right. BCD Peloponnesos 1697-1698 var. Very rare. Nicely toned and clearly struck. About extremely fine.

The sixth labor of Herakles was devoted to driving away a vast number of annoying birds who infested the lake near Stymphalos. These birds were reputed to be very dangerous, able to attack, kill and eat human beings. To help Herakles with his task, Athena gave him a pair of bronze krotala, noisemakers like castanets that had been forged by Hephaistos. Herakles then clapped them together, making a huge racket, which frightened and annoyed the birds so much that they flew up into the air, where Herakles shot arrows at them, killing some and convincing the remainder to depart. On this coin we see the head of Herakles paired with the head of a fairly innocuous looking water bird, reliably identified as the Great Crested Grebe, Podiceps cristatus. While this bird does eat fish, crayfish, insects and frogs, it is not known to attack humans, though large flocks of them might prove annoying because of their cackling cries: it seems likely that these water birds were used as a symbol of Stymphalos because they lived in the lake and the swamps that surrounded the city. On a famous Attic black figure pot dating to c.545, now London B 163, we see Herakles using a sling to disperse what looks like a flock of geese - the painter of Group E responsible for the decoration of this vase did not, obviously, conceive of them as being monsters.
Current Status
Pre-Bidding closes:
06 May 2009 14:00:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
30 Nov 2021 19:03:29 CET
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Lot 86
Estimate: 2000 CHF
ARKADIA, Stymphalos. Circa 370-350 BC. Obol (Silver, 0.88 g 5), Circa 350s-340s. Head of Herakles in lionskin headdress to right Rev. ΣΤΥΜΦΑΛΙΟΝ Head of water-bird with one crest feather to right. BCD Peloponnesos 1697-1698 var. Very rare. Nicely toned and clearly struck. About extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Lot 87
Estimate: 2000 CHF
ARKADIA, Arkadian League. Circa 460-450 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 2.84 g, 7 h), Tegea. Zeus Lykaios, seen partially from behind, seated right on low throne, holding long scepter in his left hand and with eagle flying right over his right. Rev. APKADIK (retrograde) Head of Kallisto, three-quarter facing to right, her hair bound in a bun at the back; all within incuse square. BCD Peloponnesos -, but cf. 1715. Williams 207. Very rare. Toned. Some edge cracks, two minor digs on the reverse and with a lightly struck obverse, otherwise. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Lot 88
Estimate: 40000 CHF
CYCLADES, Naxos. Circa 520/15-490 BC. Stater (Silver, 12.48 g). Kantharos with ivy leaf above and bunch of grapes hanging from each handle. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Burlington Exhibition 1903, 376 = Holloway 6a = Nicolet-Pierre, Naxos I 27b = Sheedy 23b = Weber 4679 (this coin). Rare. Attractively toned and well struck. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 38000 CHF