nomos 19
17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 50
Estimate: 5000 CHF
Hammer Price:
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SICILY. Naxos. Circa 420-403 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 14 mm, 1.96 g, 6 h). Head of youthful Dionysos to left, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. [ΝΑΞΙ - ΟΝ] legend obscure. Bearded Silen kneeling, facing, his torso turned slightly to left and his head turned to right; holding a kantharos in his raised left hand and holding his thyrsos with his right, resting near his right knee. Cahn 128 (these dies, V78/R105). Extremely rare, possibly one of only three known, the others being in Berlin and Paris – though neither of those appear to be findable on their respective web inventories. A remarkable coin of great interest, with an expressive head of Dionysos and a particularly fine Silen. Dark patina as found. Traces of double-striking and die faults, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.

From a Swiss collection.

This elegant little silver coin is actually one of the very rarest of all the coinage of Sicilian Naxos. During the last quarter of the 5th century BC, a number of Sicilian cities issued silver fractions, of which many are the most beautiful and impressive fractions ever struck in the Greek world. This was done out of civic pride and aristocratic rivalry: the coins themselves must have served as a form of donative in the remit of the individual who financed the issue. While the expense of giving out tetradrachms would have been prohibitive for all but the most wealthy, a small coin, albeit one of superlative workmanship, would have been relatively easy to finance.
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4000 CHF

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Lot 50
Estimate: 5000 CHF
SICILY. Naxos. Circa 420-403 BC. Hemidrachm (Silver, 14 mm, 1.96 g, 6 h). Head of youthful Dionysos to left, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. [ΝΑΞΙ - ΟΝ] legend obscure. Bearded Silen kneeling, facing, his torso turned slightly to left and his head turned to right; holding a kantharos in his raised left hand and holding his thyrsos with his right, resting near his right knee. Cahn 128 (these dies, V78/R105). Extremely rare, possibly one of only three known, the others being in Berlin and Paris – though neither of those appear to be findable on their respective web inventories. A remarkable coin of great interest, with an expressive head of Dionysos and a particularly fine Silen. Dark patina as found. Traces of double-striking and die faults, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
Lot 51
Estimate: 500 CHF
SICILY. Stiela. Circa 415-400 BC. Hemilitron (Silver, 9.5 mm, 0.75 g, 4 h). Head of a youthful river god to left; wearing a simple taenia and with water reed in the field to left. Rev. ΣΤΙ Forepart of a bearded man-headed bull, walking to left. Buceti 4. Campana, Stiela 5. De Luynes 1141. HGC 2, 1272. SNG ANS 1367. Very rare. Of remarkably fine workmanship for such a small coin and with a dark patina as found. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1000 CHF
Lot 52
Estimate: 1500 CHF
SICILY. Syracuse. Deinomenid Tyranny, 485-466 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 17.33 g, 9 h), struck under Gelon I, circa 480-478. Male charioteer, wearing a long chiton and holding a goad in his right hand and the reins in both, driving a quadriga with horses walking to right; above Nike flying right to crown the horses. Rev. ΣVR-ΑΚΟΣ-ΙΟ-Ν Head of Arethusa to right, wearing necklace, pearl diadem and with her hair, tied in a krobylos, bound up and falling over her diadem; around, four dolphins swimming clockwise. Boehringer 87 (V42/R56). HGC 2, 1306. Randazzo 250 (same dies). Clear and well-centered on both sides. Some striking flatness and minor edge break on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
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