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Nomos 18 05 May 2019, 16:00 CEST

Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
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Lot 14
Estimate: 450 CHF
CELTIC, Lower Danube. Uncertain tribe. Imitations of Thasos, 1st century BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 31 mm, 16.73 g). Completely deconstructed wreathed head of Dionysos to right (the snake-like item with a curlicue at the end is the remains of the god's hair, and is above his large, circular eye). Rev. Curiously formed figure of Herakles standing facing, holding a club and a lion's skin, which have been transformed into a tasseled muffler-like object; around, legend transformed into dots. Lukanc pl. 145, 1651-1652 (very similar obverses, and pl. 160, 1827 (nearly the same dies, but obverse illustrated upside-down); all three examples from the museum in Plovdiv). OTA Class V. An extraordinarily deconstructed and stylized piece. Virtually as struck.

From a Swiss collection.

The Balkan imitations of the late Hellenistic tetradrachms of Thasos were produced in enormous numbers. Some are stylistically quite good (in fact, almost as good as the originals), but for most the style is best described as amusing, while what might be termed the bottom end shows a completely non-Hellenic spirit that changes the types of Dionysos and Herakles into grotesque figures surrounded by pellets. They can best be paralleled, at least in spirit, by the way the gold staters of Philip of Macedon are deconstructed by the Celts of western Europe. The present piece is quite exceptional in the way the obverse head has been 'artistically schematized' in an almost modern, Picasso-esque way, while the reverse figure of Herakles seems to have been turned into a triumphant fisherman holding two prize salmon!.
Current Status
Online bidding closes: 05 May 2019 14:30:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 18 Jun 2019 17:41:59 CET
Remaining Time: Closed
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF

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Lot 14
Estimate: 450 CHF
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
CELTIC, Lower Danube. Uncertain tribe. Imitations of Thasos, 1st century BC. Tetradrachm (Silver ...
Lot 15
Estimate: 1250 CHF
Hammer Price: 1500 CHF
GAUL. Massalia. Circa 200-150 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17 mm, 2.63 g, 7 h). Bust of Artemis to right, ...
Lot 16
Estimate: 1750 CHF
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
GAUL. Massalia. Circa 130-121 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16 mm, 2.69 g, 4 h). Diademed and draped bust ...