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17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 56
Estimate: 6500 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, ex 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:
17 Nov 2019 10:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time:
31 May 2020 02:17:09 CEST
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Hammer Price:
5200 CHF

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Lot 56
Estimate: 6500 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: 5200 CHF
Lot 57
Estimate: 5000 CHF
SICILY. Syracuse. Hieron II, 275-215 BC. Hemistater or Dekadrachm (Gold, 17 mm, 4.24 g, 2 h), circa 217-215. Head of Persephone to left, wearing grain ear wreath and pendant earring; behind neck, crescent. Rev. ΙΕΡΩΝΟΣ Charioteer driving biga galloping to left; above, monogram. Bucetti 1134 (same dies). Carroccio 82 (D39/R61). Jameson 877 (same dies). Very rare. A lovely example, nicely struck and most attractively toned. Minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 13000 CHF
Lot 58
Estimate: 5500 CHF
CARTHAGE. Circa 350-320 BC. Stater (Gold, 20 mm, 9.42 g, 10 h). Head of Tanit to left, wearing triple-pendant earring, necklace tied at the back and hung with seven pendants, and a wreath of grain leaves. Rev. Horse standing to right; above the ground line to right, two pellets (possibly three in a triangular arrangement, but the third obscure); in the exergue, garbled inscription. Jenkins & Lewis Group IIIa 10 (same dies). A very rare early issue, of excellent style, nicely toned. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
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