nomos 18
05 May 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 72
Estimate: 22500 CHF
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MACEDON. Philippoi. Circa 356-345 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 14.42 g, 6 h), Hera.... Youthful, beardless, head of Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΩΝ Tripod with three tall rings ornamented with fillets; above, laurel branch to right; to left, club upwards; in exergue, ΗΡΑ. Bellinger 21. Weber 1990. Very rare. A superb piece, fresh, sharp and with a head of Herakles of splendid late classical style. Very small die break on the obverse and minor scuff on the reverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.

From a collection in Germany, acquired prior to 2007.

The city of Philippoi was founded by Thasos in 360/359 BC under the name Krenides (Springs. It was on the Macedonian/Thracian coast to the west of Thasos; a site well calculated to control the gold and silver mines of the area. Shortly thereafter, in 356, the city was conquered by Philip II who renamed it in his own honor. He furnished it with colonists, drained some of the nearby marshes, and gave it full autonomy within the Kingdom of Macedonia. It was only under full royal control beginning with Philip V well over a century later. Perhaps the best known event in the city's history was the battle that took place there in 42 BC when Antony and Octavian destroyed the forces of Brutus and Cassius Longinus. It then became a Roman colony, ultimately Colonia Augusta Iulia Philippensis after 27 BC. St. Paul visited the city several times; the city had a thriving Christian community; in 619 there was a massive earthquake from which the city never recovered.
The city's coinage reached its zenith under Philip II, producing coins using metal from the nearby mines prior to the transfer of all minting activities to Pella and Amphipolis. Stylistically, the links between the early issues of Philippoi and the coins minted in the great Macedonian mints are quite strong: the quality of the best issues from all three mints is outstanding. The present example, with its elegant head of the young Herakles and its sober reverse design, is a perfect example: a perfect late Classical coin at the cusp of the Hellenistic age.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
05 May 2019 14:30:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
02 Jul 2020 20:02:10 CEST
Remaining Time:
Closed
Hammer Price:
38000 CHF

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Lot 72
Estimate: 22500 CHF
MACEDON. Philippoi. Circa 356-345 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24 mm, 14.42 g, 6 h), Hera.... Youthful, beardless, head of Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΩΝ Tripod with three tall rings ornamented with fillets; above, laurel branch to right; to left, club upwards; in exergue, ΗΡΑ. Bellinger 21. Weber 1990. Very rare. A superb piece, fresh, sharp and with a head of Herakles of splendid late classical style. Very small die break on the obverse and minor scuff on the reverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 38000 CHF
Lot 73
Estimate: 2250 CHF
MACEDON. Terone. Late 5th century BC. Tetrobol (Silver, 13 mm, 2.24 g, 10 h). Satyr crouching to left, holding, with both hands, a wine amphora with fluted sides that is tipped towards him, and into which he looks. Rev. Τ - Ε Goat standing right on ground line; all within incuse square. BMC 9. De Luÿnes 1548. Hardwick group VI, pl. 29, 17. SNG Copenhagen 342. Traité II 1044 and pl. CCCXVIII, 11. Extremely rare. Well struck and clear. Rough surfaces, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Lot 74
Estimate: 4500 CHF
KINGS OF MACEDON. Philip II, 359-336 BC. Stater (Gold, 17 mm, 8.64 g, 12 h), Pella, c. 340-328 or c. 336-328. Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΦΙΛΙΠΠΟΥ Charioteer, driving chariot drawn by two rearing horses to right, holding reins in his left hand and goad in his right; below horses, trident to right. Cf. Le Rider 340 ff. An attractive piece, struck on a broad flan. Reverse very slightly off center, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3800 CHF
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