nomos 19
17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 83
Estimate: 2750 CHF
Hammer Price:
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KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.26 g, 7 h), "Pella", 325-315. Head of Herakles to left, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ Zeus seated left on throne with a back, holding long scepter in his left hand and, in his right, eagle standing right with closed wings; below throne, Θ. Price 213. Very rare. Toned and lustrous, sharply struck on a very broad flan. Edges hammered in antiquity, otherwise, extremely fine.

From a Swiss collection.

This is a remarkably elegant coin; perhaps because of the way the edges were treated in ancient times. Why this hammering was done is unclear: the flans may have been treated this way as part of the manufacturing process prior to striking. Or, perhaps, it was done after the coin was struck, perhaps as a way of making it into a work of art, or using it in one. Whatever, in the hand this is a very impressive coin, one of the finest existing examples of the Pella left-facing Herakles heads.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
17 Nov 2019 10:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time:
31 May 2020 02:48:02 CEST
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Closed
Hammer Price:
3600 CHF

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Lot 83
Estimate: 2750 CHF
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.26 g, 7 h), "Pella", 325-315. Head of Herakles to left, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. AΛEΞANΔΡOΥ Zeus seated left on throne with a back, holding long scepter in his left hand and, in his right, eagle standing right with closed wings; below throne, Θ. Price 213. Very rare. Toned and lustrous, sharply struck on a very broad flan. Edges hammered in antiquity, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
Lot 84
Estimate: 400 CHF
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 16 mm, 4.33 g, 12 h), signed by K..., Miletos, c. 325-323. Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion’s skin headdress; on the lion's skin behind Herakles's ear, K. Rev. ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΥ Zeus seated on backless throne to left, holding eagle in his right hand and scepter in his left; to left, monogram of ΔΗ. ADM I Series I, 80 (same obverse die). Price 2090A. Extremely rare with the letter on the obverse. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 550 CHF
Lot 85
Estimate: 250 CHF
KINGS OF MACEDON. Alexander III ‘the Great’, 336-323 BC. Drachm (Silver, 20 mm, 4.25 g, 1 h), struck posthumously, in an uncertain mint in western Asia Minor, late 4th century - circa 280. Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion's skin headdress. Rev. AΛEΞANΔPOY Zeus seated left on throne, holding eagle in his right hand and long scepter in his left; below throne, monogram of ΘEY . Price 2783. A very rare variety, not illustrated in Price; attractively toned and centered. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 260 CHF
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