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21 February 2021
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Lot 95
Starting Price: 3000 CHF
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
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SICILY. Syracuse. Hiketas II, 287-278 BC. Dekadrachm (Gold, 17 mm, 4.29 g, 3 h), struck circa 278, signed two times by The.... ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Head of Persephone to left, wearing wreath of grain, pendant earring an pearl necklace; behind neck, bee; below neck, traces of a Θ. Rev. ΕΠΙ ΙΚΕΤΑ Nike, holding goad in her right hand and reins in her left, driving biga rushing to right; above, crescent; below horses' forelegs to right, Θ. Bucetti 897. Buttrey 5-R. SNG ANS 776-781 var. SNG Copenhagen 798. SNG Munich 1292. Very rare, especially with the name of Hiketas NOT erased on the reverse. Minor marks, otherwise, good very fine.

From the Trausnitz Collection, Nomos 19, 17 November 2019 56, ex G. Hirsch 171, 25 September 1991, 86.

Shortly after this coin was struck Hiketas was overthrown by a number of his officers after the battle of the Terias river, where the Syracusan forces were beaten by the Carthaginians. In order to continue issuing gold to the city's mercenaries, the mint authorities continued using this die pair in the name of Hiketas, but erased the tyrant's name from the die! This is one of the rare pieces with the original name intact.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
21 Feb 2021 15:47:30 CET
Current Date & Time:
01 Aug 2021 23:07:00 CEST
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Hammer Price:
4000 CHF by jackhogan8 (Bids: 6)

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Lot 95
Starting Price: 3000 CHF
SICILY. Syracuse. Hiketas II, 287-278 BC. Dekadrachm (Gold, 17 mm, 4.29 g, 3 h), struck circa 278, signed two times by The.... ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Head of Persephone to left, wearing wreath of grain, pendant earring an pearl necklace; behind neck, bee; below neck, traces of a Θ. Rev. ΕΠΙ ΙΚΕΤΑ Nike, holding goad in her right hand and reins in her left, driving biga rushing to right; above, crescent; below horses' forelegs to right, Θ. Bucetti 897. Buttrey 5-R. SNG ANS 776-781 var. SNG Copenhagen 798. SNG Munich 1292. Very rare, especially with the name of Hiketas NOT erased on the reverse. Minor marks, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Lot 96
Starting Price: 400 CHF
SICILY. Syracuse. Philistis, wife of Hieron II, 275-215 BC. 16 Litrai (Silver, 27 mm, 13.17 g, 2 h), 240-218/5. Diademed and veiled bust of Philistis to left; behind, grain ear. Rev. ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΑΣ / ΦΙΛΙΣΤΙΔΟΣ Nike driving quadriga galloping to right; above, crescent with points upwards; to right, KIΣ; below horses, grain ear. CCO 69 (D17/R46). HGC 2, 1554. SNG ANS 882 (same obverse die, but same reverse die as SNG ANS 888). SNG Copenhagen 824 (same dies). Minor flan faults, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1600 CHF
Lot 97
Starting Price: 50 CHF
CARTHAGE. Circa 400-350 BC. Unit (Bronze, 17 mm, 2.72 g, 12 h). Wreathed head of Tanit to left. Rev. Horse standing to right in front of a palm tree. MAA 18. SNG Copenhagen 109. Deposits, otherwise, very fine.
Hammer Price: 50 CHF
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