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18 May 2010
Widder Hotel, Zürich
Lot 28
Estimate: 9000 CHF
Hammer Price:
SICILY, Syracuse. Late Third Democracy or early in the reign of Agathocles . Drachm (Silver, 4.12 g 2), struck circa 317/316. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Laureate head of the youthful Ares to left; behind, Palladion. Rev. Triskeles of three human legs with winged feet; at the center, gorgoneion. Basel 503. BMC 353. Jameson 864 = KF 229 (this coin). Giesecke, Sicilia Numismatica pl. 19, 13 (same dies). Extremely rare, one of perhaps five known examples. Toned and of superb style. Very fine.

From the collections of A. Moretti, Triton II, 1 December 1998, 261, C. Gillet (”Kunstfreund”), Bank Leu/Münzen und Medaillen, 28 May 1974, 229, R. Jameson 864 and Sir Arthur J. Evans.

One of the great rarities of the Syracusan series, only a collector like A. Moretti is ever likely to have owned two of them! There is a great controversy over whether these drachms were issued at the very end of the Third Democracy in Syracuse, or at the beginning of the rule of Agathocles, perhaps when he was just starting to consolidate his power. In fact, the triskeles was a favorite symbol of Agathocles since it recalled the mythological name for Sicily, Trinakria; he used it as an emblem of his power over the island. The five known examples of this type are: 1) the present piece, ex Moretti, Jameson and Evans; 2) Giesecke, Sicilia Numismatica pl. 19, 13 = Hirsch XVI (1906), 311; 3) BMC 353; 4) NAC 13, 503 - ex Moretti; and 5) Imhoof-Blumer, MG p. 32, 73. These five coins were apparently struck using at least two pairs of dies: 1 and 2 were struck from one set (though this was not realized by the erudite cataloguer of the KF sale due to the poor condition of the Giesecke example - corroded and with a serious flan crack), and the BM and second Moretti piece in NAC 13 from another (the piece published by Imhoof-Blumer remains to be examined). In many ways it is the most enigmatic of all Syracusan issues.
Current Status
Pre-Bidding closes:
18 May 2010 09:00:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
30 Nov 2021 01:00:05 CET
Remaining Time:
Hammer Price:
17500 CHF
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Lot 28
Estimate: 9000 CHF
SICILY, Syracuse. Late Third Democracy or early in the reign of Agathocles . Drachm (Silver, 4.12 g 2), struck circa 317/316. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Laureate head of the youthful Ares to left; behind, Palladion. Rev. Triskeles of three human legs with winged feet; at the center, gorgoneion. Basel 503. BMC 353. Jameson 864 = KF 229 (this coin). Giesecke, Sicilia Numismatica pl. 19, 13 (same dies). Extremely rare, one of perhaps five known examples. Toned and of superb style. Very fine.
Hammer Price: 17500 CHF
Lot 29
Estimate: 7500 CHF
SICILY. Syracuse. Agathokles, 317-289 BC. Dekadrachm (Gold, 4.29 g, 7 h), circa 317-310. Laureate head of Apollo to left; behind, ear of barley. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Charioteer, holding reins in his left hand and goad in his right, driving biga galloping to right; below, triskeles running to right. Dewing 934. Jameson 858. SNG ANS 552. SNG Lockett 1000. SNG Munich 1190 (but on all of these the triskeles runs to left). A rare variant, with a fine head of Apollo. Extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 7750 CHF
Lot 30
Estimate: 10000 CHF
CARTHAGE. Circa 350-320 BC. Stater (Gold, 9.30 g 9). Head of Tanit to left, wearing grain wreath, triple-pendant earring and necklace, tied at the back, with seven pendants. Rev. Horse standing right; on ground line, three pellets. Jenkins & Lewis Group IIIi, 111-4. MAA 4. An attractive, bold example. Good extremely fine.
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