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21 February 2021
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Lot 43
Starting Price: 1000 CHF
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
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CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 276-272 BC. Hemistater (Gold, 15 mm, 4.28 g, 11 h). Head of youthful Herakles in lion's skin headdress to right. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΝΤΙΝΩΝ Ephebe driving galloping biga to right; above to right, monogram of AP; below, monogram of NK. De Nanteuil 116 (same dies). Fischer-Bossert G30 (V26/R30). HN III 985. Jameson I 160 (same dies). SNG ANS 1037 (same dies). Vlasto 30 (same dies). A few minor marks, otherwise, very fine.

From the Trausnitz Collection, ex Künker FPL 142, Summer 1998, 3.

The present coin is a rare gold issue struck by the Tarentines to fund the military campaigns of Pyrrhos of Epiros, from whom Tarentum had begged assistance in its war against Rome. While Pyrrhos was generally successful in battle against Rome, it was at such a cost that he is reported to have declared that "[if] we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined." (Plutarch, Pyr. 21.9). Thus, the modern term Pyrrhic victory, which refers to a victory achieved at such excessive cost that it is really a defeat.
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Online bidding closes:
21 Feb 2021 15:21:30 CET
Current Date & Time:
22 Oct 2021 04:37:23 CEST
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Hammer Price:
3200 CHF by BeatrizDeLuna (Bids: 9)

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Lot 43
Starting Price: 1000 CHF
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 276-272 BC. Hemistater (Gold, 15 mm, 4.28 g, 11 h). Head of youthful Herakles in lion's skin headdress to right. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΝΤΙΝΩΝ Ephebe driving galloping biga to right; above to right, monogram of AP; below, monogram of NK. De Nanteuil 116 (same dies). Fischer-Bossert G30 (V26/R30). HN III 985. Jameson I 160 (same dies). SNG ANS 1037 (same dies). Vlasto 30 (same dies). A few minor marks, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Lot 44
Starting Price: 250 CHF
LUCANIA. Herakleia. Circa 330-320 BC. Stater (Silver, 23 mm, 7.80 g, 10 h), signed by the engraver Atha.... [˫ΗΡΑΚΛΗΙΩΝ] Head of Athena to right, wearing a pendant earring, a simple necklace and a Corinthian helmet adorned with Skylla; behind neck, Κ. Rev. ˫ΗΡΑΚΛΗΙΩΝ Youthful Herakles standing facing, nude but for a strap across his chest and with the lion's skin over his right arm, holding a bow and arrow in his right hand and a club in his left; to left, above, one-handled jug; to left, in outer field, ΑΘΑ. HN III 1384. SNG ANS 74. Work 77. Van Keuren 84. Struck on a very broad flan. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 950 CHF
Lot 45
Starting Price: 200 CHF
LUCANIA. Herakleia. Circa 281-278 BC. Nomos (Silver, 21 mm, 7.74 g, 9 h), struck under the magistrate Leon... Three-quarter facing head of Athena, turned slightly to right, wearing triple crested helmet adorned with Skylla; to left, AP/IΓ. Rev. HPAKΛEIΩN / ΛEΩN Herakles standing facing, holding club in right hand, bow and arrow in left, lion's skin draped over his left arm. HN III 1389. SNG ANS 80. Van Keuren 91. Minor porosity, slight die-shift, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
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