nomos 17
26 October 2018
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 21
Estimate: 4500 CHF
Hammer Price:
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LUCANIA. Thurium. Circa 410-400 BC. Distater (Silver, 27 mm, 15.36 g, 2 h), signed, on the reverse by Istoros and Eu.... Head of Athena to right wearing Attic helmet, adorned with Skylla raising her left hand on the bowl above the visor and with a griffin walking right on the neck flap, and pearl necklace. Rev. ΘΟΥΡΙΩΝ Bull butting right, with monogram of ΥΕ on his rump; in exergue, fish to right; on ground line, in minute letters, ΙΣΤΟΡΟΣ. De Luynes 581 (same dies). HN III 1781. Noe B6. Very rare. A particularly elegant coin of the finest Classical style, nicely toned. Some traces of horn silver in the devices, with a scuff on the obverse and very light double striking on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.

From a Swiss collection.

The engraver Istoros worked in Thurium in the late 5th century and was, therefore, a contemporary of the great Syracusan engravers Kimon, Euainetos and Phrygillos (an engraver who almost certainly also worked at Thurium). His signature was first discussed by Imhoof-Blumer in 1883 (Monn. Gr. p. 7) in connection with the lovely specimen in the De Luynes Collection, and his work is of a particularly serene and noble style, without any baroque flamboyance. His dies are among the finest of all those made at Thurium.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
26 Oct 2018 10:00:00 CEST
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28 Feb 2020 21:16:31 CET
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Hammer Price:
5500 CHF

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Lot 21
Estimate: 4500 CHF
LUCANIA. Thurium. Circa 410-400 BC. Distater (Silver, 27 mm, 15.36 g, 2 h), signed, on the reverse by Istoros and Eu.... Head of Athena to right wearing Attic helmet, adorned with Skylla raising her left hand on the bowl above the visor and with a griffin walking right on the neck flap, and pearl necklace. Rev. ΘΟΥΡΙΩΝ Bull butting right, with monogram of ΥΕ on his rump; in exergue, fish to right; on ground line, in minute letters, ΙΣΤΟΡΟΣ. De Luynes 581 (same dies). HN III 1781. Noe B6. Very rare. A particularly elegant coin of the finest Classical style, nicely toned. Some traces of horn silver in the devices, with a scuff on the obverse and very light double striking on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5500 CHF
Lot 22
Estimate: 1800 CHF
BRUTTIUM. Kroton. Circa 460 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 12.5 mm, 1.23 g, 6 h). ϘPO (retrograde) Tripod with three ring handles and legs ending in lion's paws; between legs, two erect serpents. Rev. Kantharos flanked by two snakes. BMC 59. Garrucci pl.109, 23. HN III 2126. Extremely rare. Nicely toned. Traces of corrosion, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Lot 23
Estimate: 1200 CHF
BRUTTIUM. Kaulonia. Circa 475-425 BC. Stater (Silver, 20 mm, 8.02 g, 9 h). ΚΑVΛ (retrograde) Apollo, nude, his hair bound with a taenia, advancing to right, with a laurel branch in his upraised right hand and traces of a daimon running to right on his outstretched left arm. Rev. ΚΑVΛ (retrograde) Stag standing to right; to right, laurel branch. HN III 2046. Noe, Caulonia 98. Clear, attractive, well-centered and lightly toned. Struck from a slightly worn obverse die, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1800 CHF
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