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24. May 2020
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Lot 417
Starting Price: 100 CHF
Hammer Price: 150 CHF
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PHRYGIA. Apameia. Circa 166-133 BC. Cistophoric Tetradrachm (Silver, 31 mm, 12.31 g, 1 h), c. 150/140 BC. Serpent emerging to left from a partially open cista mystica; around, ivy wreath. Rev. Bow in gorytos between two upwardly coiling snakes; to left, monogram of ΑΠ; to right, elephant's head to right. Kleiner & Noe Series 23. Pinder 69. SNG Copenhagen 147. SNG von Aulock 3450, 8332. Clear, attractive, nicely struck on a broad flan. Overstruck, otherwise, good very fine.



The elephant's head symbol on the reverse is perhaps a reminder of the Seleucid elephants that Antiochos III used at the Battle of Magnesia in 190, when he was defeated by the Romans. He was then, at the Treaty of Apameia of 188, banned from possessing military elephants. It shouldn't be forgotten that elephants were the ancient equivalent of the WW II Tiger tank: of course, against Alexander and against the Roman legions they proved relatively ineffective.
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Online bidding closes:
24 May 2020 18:28:30 CEST
Current Date & Time:
21 Oct 2020 01:03:56 CEST
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Closed
Hammer Price:
150 CHF by cavalier (Bids: 5)

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Lot 417
Starting Price: 100 CHF
PHRYGIA. Apameia. Circa 166-133 BC. Cistophoric Tetradrachm (Silver, 31 mm, 12.31 g, 1 h), c. 150/140 BC. Serpent emerging to left from a partially open cista mystica; around, ivy wreath. Rev. Bow in gorytos between two upwardly coiling snakes; to left, monogram of ΑΠ; to right, elephant's head to right. Kleiner & Noe Series 23. Pinder 69. SNG Copenhagen 147. SNG von Aulock 3450, 8332. Clear, attractive, nicely struck on a broad flan. Overstruck, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 150 CHF
Lot 418
Starting Price: 50 CHF
PHRYGIA. Apameia. Circa 100-50 BC. (Bronze, 21.5 mm, 9.31 g, 12 h), struck under the magistrate Phainippos, son of Drakon. Bust of Athena to right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet decorated with griffin . Rev. ΑΠΑΜΕΩΝ ΦAINIΠΠOY ΔPAKONTOΣ Eagle landing on a base with a maeander pattern, flanked by the caps of the Dioskouroi; behind eagle's head, star. BMC 97. HGC 7, 670. SNG Copenhagen 167. Glossy dark green patina overlaid by earthen deposits; fine style. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 170 CHF
Lot 419
Starting Price: 65 CHF
PHRYGIA. Apameia. Circa 100-50 BC. (Bronze, 21 mm, 7.51 g, 11 h), struck under the magistrate Andronikos son of Alkios. Bust of Athena to right, wearing crested Corinthian helmet. Rev. AΠAMEΩN / ANΔPONIKOY AΛKIOY Eagle landing on a base with a maeander pattern, flanked by the caps of the Dioskouroi; behind eagle's head, star. BMC 37-9. HGC 7, 670. SNG Copenhagen 163. A coin of lovely style, with a natural glossy dark patina . Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 100 CHF
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