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Nomos 12 22 May 2016
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
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Lot 86
Estimate: 2500 CHF
KINGS of PONTOS. Pharnakes I, circa 200/185-169 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17mm, 4.17 g 12). Diademed head of Pharnakes to right, with short beard and mustache. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ / ΦΑΡΝΑΚΟΥ Uncertain male figure standing facing: he wears a floppy petasos and drapery reaching down to his knees; above his head, horizontal thunderbolt; he holds a kerykeion and a cornucopiae with his left hand and, with his right, a vine branch from which a deer feeds, standing right at his feet; in inner field to left, star within crescent. De Callataÿ O1/R1 (same dies) = SNG von Aulock 3. Very rare. An attractive coin, with a superb portrait, well struck and well centered on a broad flan. Slightly rough surfaces, otherwise, about extremely fine.


From a European private collection.

Pharnakes I, the son of the Pontic king Mithridates III, spent much of his reign attempting to expand his kingdom, sometimes successfully. He was honored for his gifts to Athens, was married to the Seleukid princess Nysa, and seems to have had both aristocratic Persian and Macedonian ancestors. In modern times his greatest fame surely comes from the extraordinarily realistic portraits that appear on his coins: they show a veristic quality closely akin to the “warts-and-all” tradition of Roman Republican portraits rather than to the ennobling realism found in the finest purely Greek coin portraits of the Hellenistic age. No attempt was made to soften the king’s ‘brutal’ features: in fact, until the reign of Mithridates VI Pontic coinage bore the most realistic portraits ever to appear on the coinage of the Greek world.
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Online bidding closes: 22 May 2016 03:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 26 May 2019 18:02:36 CET
Remaining Time: Closed
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF

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Lot 86
Estimate: 2500 CHF
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
KINGS of PONTOS. Pharnakes I, circa 200/185-169 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17mm, 4.17 g 12). Diademed head of ...
Lot 87
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
KINGS of PONTOS. Mithradates VI Eupator, Circa 120-63 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 30mm, 16.76 g 12), Perga ...
Lot 88
Estimate: 750 CHF
Hammer Price: 750 CHF
MYSIA, Kyzikos. Circa 500-450 BC. Hekte (Electrum, 10mm, 2.69 g). Panther moving to left on tunny to le ...