nomos 19
17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 68
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Hammer Price:
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LYCIA. Xanthos. Time of Maussollos of Caria, circa 360 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17 mm, 3.84 g). Lion's head with open jaws to right. Rev. Α - Ρ - [Ξ] (= Lycian Arñna) Star of eight rays, with a letter in three of the angles. Cf. Peus 407, 2012, 806 = Peus 378, 204, 275 (a diobol, 1.60 g, of these types) and Peus e1, 2015, 44 (an obol, 0.76 g, of these types, from the same dies as the diobol). Extremely rare, possibly unique. A most interesting and historic coin. Toned. About extremely fine.

Ex Roma e-21, 31 October 2015, 200.

We would very much like to thank the well-known Turkish scholar, Koray Konuk, for providing the correct attribution for this coin: previously it was catalogued as being from Northern Greece (which is how it appears in the printed version of Auction 19). He supplied references for a diobol (Peus 407, 2012, 806) and an obol of the same type (Peus, e1, 2015, 44) both with the accompanying legend (unread in our original catalogue entry); in addition, the diobol in Peus 407 also appears as VIII, 61 in W. Müseler, Lykische Münzen, Istanbul 2016, and first turned up in Peus 378, 2004, 275, where its attribution to Maussollos was clearly explained. All the previous references and discussions that we supplied for this coin, suggesting a northern Greek origin for it, can be discarded.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
17 Nov 2019 10:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time:
31 May 2020 02:22:37 CEST
Remaining Time:
Closed
Hammer Price:
3200 CHF

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Lot 68
Estimate: 2000 CHF
LYCIA. Xanthos. Time of Maussollos of Caria, circa 360 BC. Drachm (Silver, 17 mm, 3.84 g). Lion's head with open jaws to right. Rev. Α - Ρ - [Ξ] (= Lycian Arñna) Star of eight rays, with a letter in three of the angles. Cf. Peus 407, 2012, 806 = Peus 378, 204, 275 (a diobol, 1.60 g, of these types) and Peus e1, 2015, 44 (an obol, 0.76 g, of these types, from the same dies as the diobol). Extremely rare, possibly unique. A most interesting and historic coin. Toned. About extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Lot 69
Estimate: 4500 CHF
MACEDON. Akanthos. Circa 478-465 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 28 mm, 17.19 g), c. 470. Lion, pouncing to right, attacking bull, collapsing to left with head turned back to right; above, Θ to the right of the bull's horn; below bull, base of pellets between plain lines; in exergue, floral ornament. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square with granulated surfaces. Desneux 78 (same dies). SNG ANS 9. Tselekas, 203 (same dies). Lightly toned and struck in high relief on a particularly broad flan. Some die rust around the bull's tail, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 4200 CHF
Lot 70
Estimate: 3000 CHF
MACEDON. Akanthos. Circa 478-465 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 29 mm, 17.46 g), c. 470. Lion, pouncing to right, attacking bull, collapsing to left with head raised to left; above, Θ to the left of the bull's horn; below bull, base of pellets between plain lines; in exergue, floral ornament. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square with granulated surfaces. SNG ANS 10. Tselekas, 150 (same obverse die). Lightly toned and struck on a particularly broad flan. Very small scuff on the obverse, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
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