obolos 15
24. May 2020
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Lot 341
Starting Price: 50 CHF
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
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LESBOS. Uncertain mint. Circa 500 BC. 1/12 Stater (Billon, 8 mm, 0.83 g). Head of a young, male African to left (Aithiops?). Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. HGC 6, 1087. SNG Copenhagen 295. SNG von Aulock 7715 var (head to right). Rare. Toned and with a portrait that is probably that of real person, albeit with his features slightly emphasized. Very fine.



Nowadays we are constantly being told that the ancient Greeks had many faults, really were not the true ancestors of democracy, didn't treat women properly, etc. After a while such carping revisions starts to get boring, no? This tiny coin shows us something very important that we need to think about: on its obverse is the portrait of an African male, who could, in fact, be someone we might meet on the street today. He is not here for any conceivable derogatory reason: while the Greeks considered anyone who did not speak Greek a barbarian, for them anyone who spoke Greek was perfectly ok. This African did not appear on the coin as a slave, or a servant, or some lower class character, he is here as an exciting, interesting and exotic character, worthy of curiosity and respect. It is rare that a simple coin can be loaded with so many fascinating implications!
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
24 May 2020 17:50:30 CEST
Current Date & Time:
21 Oct 2020 01:15:01 CEST
Remaining Time:
Closed
Hammer Price:
300 CHF by stymphalos (Bids: 10)

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Lot 341
Starting Price: 50 CHF
LESBOS. Uncertain mint. Circa 500 BC. 1/12 Stater (Billon, 8 mm, 0.83 g). Head of a young, male African to left (Aithiops?). Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. HGC 6, 1087. SNG Copenhagen 295. SNG von Aulock 7715 var (head to right). Rare. Toned and with a portrait that is probably that of real person, albeit with his features slightly emphasized. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 300 CHF
Lot 342
Starting Price: 50 CHF
LESBOS. Uncertain mint. Circa 478-460 BC. Twelfth Stater (Billon, 10 mm, 1.17 g). ΛES Confronted heads of two boars. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. BMC 14. HGC 6, 1067. Well-centered, and in unusually fine condition for the issue. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 130 CHF
Lot 343
Starting Price: 300 CHF
IONIA. Ephesos. Circa 390-325 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 23.5 mm, 15.09 g, 12 h), struck under the magistrate Gylippos. E - Φ Bee with straight wings. Rev. ΓYΛIΠΠOΣ Forepart of stag to right, its head turned back to left; to left, palm tree . Pixodarus Class I (O157). With light golden toning and a finely engraved reverse. Obverse slightly off-center and with scratches, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
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