nomos 19
17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 40
Estimate: 8500 CHF
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BRUTTIUM. Kroton. Circa 530-500 BC. Nomos (Silver, 27 mm, 8.20 g, 12 h), circa 515. ϘΡΟ Tripod with legs ending in lion’s feet and a bowl with three rings; below bowl, between legs, two spirals; between feet, two snakes; beaded border. Rev. Tripod with legs ending in lion’s feet and a bowl with three rings; rayed border; all incuse. HN III 2075. SNG ANS 239. A remarkable, sharp and lightly toned piece, very well-struck from fresh dies, rare thus. Virtually as struck.

Once with Moruzzi Numismatica and sold with an official Italian export license.

The quality of this coin is quite extraordinary: beautifully struck from fresh dies; extremely well preserved with no disfiguring marks and in solid, undamaged silver. Kroton must have issued millions and millions of these coins. Thus, whenever modern-officials talk about how rare and important ancient coins are as a class, they are actually talking about how rare many coins are today as compared to how common they were when they were made. They, of course, don't know this (but the heritage archaeologists who make such a fuss about the antiquity trade know this full well, which is why they never mention it!). In any case, among all the many nomoi/staters of Kroton minted c. 520/515, this piece's appearance is as fresh as the day it was made, unlike virtually all the other examples of this type I have ever seen. As such, this is astoundingly rare.
Current Status
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17 Nov 2019 10:00:00 CET
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31 May 2020 01:37:42 CEST
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Lot 40
Estimate: 8500 CHF
BRUTTIUM. Kroton. Circa 530-500 BC. Nomos (Silver, 27 mm, 8.20 g, 12 h), circa 515. ϘΡΟ Tripod with legs ending in lion’s feet and a bowl with three rings; below bowl, between legs, two spirals; between feet, two snakes; beaded border. Rev. Tripod with legs ending in lion’s feet and a bowl with three rings; rayed border; all incuse. HN III 2075. SNG ANS 239. A remarkable, sharp and lightly toned piece, very well-struck from fresh dies, rare thus. Virtually as struck.
Hammer Price: 6800 CHF
Lot 41
Estimate: 1250 CHF
BRUTTIUM. Kroton. Circa 360 BC. Nomos (Silver, 22 mm, 7.56 g, 1 h). Head of Hera Lakinia three-quarters facing, turned slightly to the right, wearing stephane ornamented with palmettes. Rev. ΚΡΟ[ΤΩΝΙΑΤΑΝ] Youthful Herakles seated to left on a rock draped with his lion's skin, holding a one-handled cup in his right hand and resting his left on his club; below, bow. Basel 198. HN III 2167. SNG ANS 371. SNG Lloyd 616. SNG Oxford 1521-1522. Beautifully toned and with a splendid obverse. Struck on an oblong flan with the result that figure of Herakles on the reverse has no head (!), otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 2400 CHF
Lot 42
Estimate: 3000 CHF
SICILY. Entella. Punic issues, circa 345/38-320/15 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25.5 mm, 17.39 g, 6 h). Head of Tanit-Persephone to right, wearing wreath of grain leaves, triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace; behind her neck, symbol of Tanit; around, three dolphins. Rev. Horse standing right before palm tree; to right, kerykeion. Gulbenkian 368 (same dies). Jenkins, Punic 89 (O31/R80). SNG Lloyd 1619-1620 (same dies). SNG Lockett 1039 (same dies). An attractive piece, nicely centered, attractively toned and of good style. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 8000 CHF
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