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Nomos 12 22 May 2016
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
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Lot 72
Estimate: 1000 CHF
CRETE, Chersonesos. 330-300 BC. Stater (Silver, 25mm, 10.86 g 1). Laureate head of Zeus to right, with long locks of hair falling down the back of his neck. Rev. ΧΕΡΣΟΝΑΣΙΩΝ Artemis-Britomartis seated left on high-backed throne; draped, resting her left hand on the throne and holding, in her right hand, a stag leaping to left. Babelon, Traité 1479 and pl. CCXLVI. 23. Le Rider -, but see p. 17, n. 2 and pl. XXXIV, 15 (=BM ex Evans, AC XII, 1926, 1585). Extremely rare, one of, perhaps, six known examples, four of which being in museums. Some corrosion and somewhat crudely struck on a very irregular flan; otherwise, very fine.


From the Brünn Collection, acquired in Italy prior to World War I.

Chersonesos, or Chersonasos, was the port for the major inland city of Lyttos (or Lyktos) and was itself a flourishing town well into Byzantine times. It was well known for its sanctuary to the pre-Greek, Minoan, goddess Britomartis who was, in Classical times, identified with Artemis in an effort to ‘civilize’ her, since in the Minoan period she apparently was both a powerful and a dreadful figure (she probably retained that aspect among the rural population).
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Online bidding closes: 22 May 2016 03:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 24 Mar 2019 13:52:02 CET
Remaining Time: Closed
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF

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Lot 72
Estimate: 1000 CHF
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
CRETE, Chersonesos. 330-300 BC. Stater (Silver, 25mm, 10.86 g 1). Laureate head of Zeus to right, with ...
Lot 73
Estimate: 750 CHF
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
CRETE, Gortyna. Circa 330-270 BC. Stater (Silver, 24mm, 11.42 g 10). Europa, nude to the waist, seated ...
Lot 74
Estimate: 650 CHF
Hammer Price: 1050 CHF
CRETE, Gortyna. Circa 300-280/70 BC. Drachm (Silver, 19mm, 5.68 g 6). Large head of Europa to right, we ...