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Nomos 17 26 October 2018, 12:00 CEST

Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
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Lot 11
Estimate: 6500 CHF
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 400-340 BC. Nomos or Didrachm (Silver, 20 mm, 7.63 g, 3 h). Head of Demeter (?) to right, wearing a pendant earring and a simple necklace, with her hair bound in a sakkos ornamented with stars. Rev. ΜΕΤΑ Barley ear with leaf to left; below leaf, ΛΥ. Gillet 154 (this coin). HN III 1536b. Noe 448. Nicely toned and with a lovely female head. Extremely fine.

From a Swiss collection and from the B. in B. Collection, Nomos 8, 22 October 2013, 20, ex Bank Leu 33, 3 May 1983, 201, and from the collection of C. Gillet, 154.

Whether the head on this coin is really that of Demeter is uncertain: there are no grain ears or leaves in her hair as one would expect, and the use of a simple sakkos as a hair ornament is what one would expect to see on a nymph. In any event, this head is a particularly noble one, both intelligent and kindly.
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Online bidding closes: 26 Oct 2018 10:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 26 May 2019 05:53:15 CET
Remaining Time: Closed
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF

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Lot 11
Estimate: 6500 CHF
Hammer Price: 7500 CHF
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 400-340 BC. Nomos or Didrachm (Silver, 20 mm, 7.63 g, 3 h). Head of D ...
Lot 12
Estimate: 550 CHF
Hammer Price: 500 CHF
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 330-290 BC. Nomos or Didrachm (Silver, 20 mm, 7.82 g, 10 h). Head of ...
Lot 13
Estimate: 600 CHF
Hammer Price: 650 CHF
LUCANIA. Metapontum. Circa 280-279 BC. Nomos or Didrachm (Silver, 22 mm, 7.76 g, 7 h). ΔI Head o ...