nomos 15
22 October 2017
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 30
Estimate: 9500 CHF
Hammer Price:
SICILY. Syracuse. Timoleon and the Third Democracy, 344-317 BC. Dilitron (Bronze, 28 mm, 20.38 g, 8 h), Timoleontic Symmachy coinage, c. 339/8-334 BC. ΖΕΥΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΟΣ Laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios to left. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Ηorse prancing to left. Basel 499 (this coin). Calciati 80. SNG ANS 533 ff. SNG Lloyd 1456/7. A coin of superb style with a splendid, dark green patina, very probably the finest example of this type known. Extremely fine.

Ex Triton XI, 8 January 2008, 65 and from the collection of A. Moretti, Numismatica Ars Classica 13, 8 October 1998, 499.

This coin is not merely one of the finest bronzes of Syracuse, it is one of the very finest of all known Greek bronze coins. As should be well-known, really fine Greek bronzes are very difficult to find, for the obvious reason that they tended to be used over long periods of time and, thus, are more likely to be found in worn condition. In the past, Greek bronzes were less esteemed than their precious metal contemporaries: some collections had few or none (Duchastel only had 4), and other collections, which did have a good selection of bronzes, like Pozzi and Lockett, were published without them (Hirsch and Naville excluded Pozzi's bronzes from the 1921 auction, and while Robinson intended to publish a dedicated volume of Lockett's bronzes, this was never realized). The Baron de Hirsch, Count Duchastel's rival, did have quite a good group of bronzes (like Rhousopoulos and Pozzi), and his were published by Naster: he had four pieces similar to ours but none were as good. The only piece that comes close was Tom Virzi's coin (Leu 6, 1973, 2 - estimated at 4 000), which sold for an astounding 12 000, the highest price in the sale (and probably a then world record price for a Greek bronze coin). Virzi's collection was, in fact, the finest collection of South Italian and Sicilian bronze coins ever formed. The only other recent collection of Greek bronzes was that of David Freedman (Triton V, 2002): lot 251 was of this type but good as it was, it is still inferior to this piece.
Current Status
Pre-Bidding closes:
22 Oct 2017 12:00:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
08 Dec 2021 05:42:37 CET
Remaining Time:
Hammer Price:
13000 CHF
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Lot 30
Estimate: 9500 CHF
SICILY. Syracuse. Timoleon and the Third Democracy, 344-317 BC. Dilitron (Bronze, 28 mm, 20.38 g, 8 h), Timoleontic Symmachy coinage, c. 339/8-334 BC. ΖΕΥΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΟΣ Laureate head of Zeus Eleutherios to left. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Ηorse prancing to left. Basel 499 (this coin). Calciati 80. SNG ANS 533 ff. SNG Lloyd 1456/7. A coin of superb style with a splendid, dark green patina, very probably the finest example of this type known. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 13000 CHF
Lot 31
Estimate: 4000 CHF
SICILY. Syracuse. Agathokles, 317-289 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.08 g, 4 h), c. 310-305. Head of Arethusa left, wearing wreath of grain ears, triple-pendant earring, and pearl necklace; around, three dolphins; below neck, monogram of NΚ. Rev. ΣYPΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Charioteer, holding kentron in his right hand and reins in his left, driving quadriga galloping to left; above, triskeles running to left; in exergue, monogram of AI. Ierardi 5 (O2/R5). SNG Oxford 2064. An attractive, lightly toned and well-struck example. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 6500 CHF
Lot 32
Estimate: 750 CHF
SICILY. Syracuse. Philistis, wife of Hieron II, 275-215 BC. 16 Litrai (Silver, 29 mm, 13.08 g, 10 h), 218/7-214. Diademed and veiled bust of Philistis to left; behind, long torch. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΑΣ / ΦΙΛΙΣΤΙΔΟΣ Nike driving quadriga galloping to right; above, crescent with points upwards; to right, KIΣ; below horses, grain ear. SNG ANS 884, 886-887 same obverse die. SNG ANS 888 same reverse die. Nicely toned. Obverse struck from a worn die but with a wonderfully sharp reverse. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF