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17 November 2019
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 93
Estimate: 750 CHF
Hammer Price:
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ILLYRO-PAEONIAN REGION. Damastion (Dardania). Circa 330-280 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 12.82 g, 6 h). Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΔΑΜΑΣ - ΤΙΝΩΝ (retrograde N) Tripod lebes with lion’s feet on a small base. May - (style close to 92-93). Boldly struck in high relief, lightly toned and with an obverse of slightly barbaric style, seemingly modeled on the tetrobols of Philip II. Flan fault on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.

From the Trausnitz Collection, ex Sternberg XXI, 14 November 1988, 94.

The city of Damastion was located somewhere in what is now present day Serbia and was inhabited by people of Illyrian/Dardanian origin; though there were Greek settlers there as well, at least from the 5th century on. The city’s importance lay in its silver mines, the location of which are as yet unknown, as is the site of the city itself. The coinage, with obverses modeled on those of the Chalkidian League, was designed as a way of exporting the city’s mineral riches. The coins themselves are often very attractive, though there are some that are of rather poor style and many are badly struck; they are generally very rare today, probably because they were viewed primarily as bullion and melted down in antiquity.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
17 Nov 2019 10:00:00 CET
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18 Feb 2020 13:07:54 CET
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Hammer Price:
800 CHF

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Lot 93
Estimate: 750 CHF
ILLYRO-PAEONIAN REGION. Damastion (Dardania). Circa 330-280 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 25 mm, 12.82 g, 6 h). Laureate head of Apollo to right. Rev. ΔΑΜΑΣ - ΤΙΝΩΝ (retrograde N) Tripod lebes with lion’s feet on a small base. May - (style close to 92-93). Boldly struck in high relief, lightly toned and with an obverse of slightly barbaric style, seemingly modeled on the tetrobols of Philip II. Flan fault on the reverse, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 800 CHF
Lot 94
Estimate: 1750 CHF
THESSALY. Pherai. Circa 460-440 BC. Drachm (Silver, 20 mm, 5.87 g, 9 h). Γ-Λ-Α The hero Thessalos, nude but for petasos hanging down behind his back, striding right; restraining a bull rushing to right by use of a band, held with both hands, that passes around the bull's head. Rev. Φ-[Ε]-R-Α-Ι Bridled horse trotting to right, with trailing rein; to left, lion’s head fountain spout with water pouring from its jaws; all within incuse square. BCD Thessaly II 682. Jameson 1105. Very rare. Toned and attractive, but with slightly rough surfaces, nevertheless, one of the finest known early drachms of Pherai. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1900 CHF
Lot 95
Estimate: 750 CHF
THESSALY. Trikka. Third quarter of the 5th century BC. Hemiobol (Silver, 9 mm, 0.42 g, 3 h). Steer hoof. Rev. ΤΡΙ - Κ Horse's head to left; all within an incuse square. BCD -. Apparently unpublished, but see Liampi 50 for a stylistically related piece with a horse protome, not just a head, on the reverse. Extremely rare. An excellent, well-preserved, toned and attractive coin. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 1100 CHF
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