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Widder Hotel, Zürich
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Lot 31
Estimate: 30000 CHF
CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS, Pantikapaion. Circa 340-325 BC. Stater (Gold, 9.09 g 2). Head of a satyr to left, wearing ivy wreath. Rev. ΠΑΝ Griffin prancing to left, his head facing with a spear in his jaws, his right forepaw raised and with his left on a grain ear. MacDonald 54. SNG BM Black Sea 867. Some scattered marks and scratches, otherwise, good very fine.


The gold issues of Pantikapaion are a fascinating series, even a romantic one. The city was where the gold from the steppes in the East reached the Greek world, but mystery shrouded its origins. It was said to be hoarded by griffins from which it was stolen by intrepid adventurers. In fact, the gold came from sources far to the east, where the fossilized bones of a dinosaur, the protoceratops, undoubtedly gave rise to the myth of the griffin. The grain ear betneath the creature refers to another source of Pantikapaion’s great wealth.
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Online bidding closes: 18 May 2010 09:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 26 May 2019 05:33:40 CET
Remaining Time: Closed
Hammer Price: 33000 CHF

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Lot 31
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Hammer Price: 33000 CHF
CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS, Pantikapaion. Circa 340-325 BC. Stater (Gold, 9.09 g 2). Head of a satyr to left, w ...
Lot 32
Estimate: 750 CHF
Hammer Price: 775 CHF
MOESIA, Istros. 4th century BC. Drachm (Silver, 5.75 g 12), circa 350. Two facing male heads side by si ...
Lot 33
Estimate: 750 CHF
Hammer Price: 1250 CHF
MOESIA, Istros. 4th century BC. Drachm (Silver, 5.70 g 12), circa 350. Two facing male heads side by si ...