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10 July 2020 16:00 CEST
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich
Lot 93
Estimate: 150 CHF
Hammer Price:
MACEDON. Eion. Circa 460-400 BC. Trihemiobol (Silver, 13 mm, 0.96 g). Goose standing to right, head turned back to left; above, lizard crawling to left, seen from above; below goose, A. Rev. Incuse square. SNG ANS 285-6. Nicely toned and well-centered on a broad flan, an elegant composition. Nearly extremely fine.

From the collection of Skleros Kotopoulos, acquired prior to 2000.

Eion, originally an Eretrian colony, was located at the mouth of the river Strymon, and had become a Persian base by the end of the 6th century. Athens attempted to capture the city in 497 but failed; a major Persian fort was built there in 492. It was finally captured by the Athenians, on behalf of the Delian League, in 475. Further up the Strymon, Amphipolis was founded as an Athenian colony in 437, with Eion functioning as the new city's port. While the Spartan Brasidas captured Amphipolis in 424, during the Peloponnesian War, he was unable to take Eion, which was defended by Thucydides. From then on the city lapsed into quiet obscurity. Eion's coinage of goose fractions must have been quite enormous; it probably began soon after its capture by Athens in 475. These coins must have been extremely useful for paying the daily wages of the troops who defended the area, as well as the builders who, later in the century, were involved in the new city of Amphipolis. What is fascinating about this coinage is the artistry that was lavished upon it by the engravers who created the dies that struck it. The soigné way the goose's neck curves back, both to fit the flan and to mirror the shape of the lizard, is particularly elegant.
Current Status
Pre-Bidding closes:
10 Jul 2020 10:00:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
30 Nov 2021 19:07:28 CET
Remaining Time:
Hammer Price:
380 CHF
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Lot 93
Estimate: 150 CHF
MACEDON. Eion. Circa 460-400 BC. Trihemiobol (Silver, 13 mm, 0.96 g). Goose standing to right, head turned back to left; above, lizard crawling to left, seen from above; below goose, A. Rev. Incuse square. SNG ANS 285-6. Nicely toned and well-centered on a broad flan, an elegant composition. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 380 CHF
Lot 94
Estimate: 2500 CHF
MACEDON. Dikaia. Circa 450-425/0 BC. Tetrobol (Silver, 14 mm, 2.29 g, 1 h). Head of a nymph to left, her hair in waves around her head and a bun at the back. Rev. Δ-Ι/Κ/Α-Ι/Α Head of a bull to right; all within an incuse square. BMFA 803. Schönert-Geiss 33, 12 (same dies). SNG Berry 492. Traité II, 4, 1437 and pl. CCCXL 2 (Berlin) and 3 (London). Very rare. A coin of particularly elegant, serene Classical style. Minor flan crack, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3000 CHF
Lot 95
Estimate: 5000 CHF
MACEDON. Mende. Circa 460-423 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24.5 mm, 16.18 g, 4 h), c. 430-423. Dionysos, bearded and wearing a decorated himation, holding kantharos in his right hand and letting his left dangle, reclining left on the back of a donkey walking to right; in the exergue, grain of barley. Rev. MEN-ΔA-I-ON around a linear square containing a disc bearing a sixteen-rayed star and with a grape cluster flanked by leaves in each of the four corners; all within shallow incuse square. Noe, Mende 87 (same dies). Gulbenkian 414 (same dies). Kunstfreund, 140 (same dies). A rare, nicely toned and elegant coin. Surface slightly crystallized, otherwise, good very fine.
Hammer Price: 6000 CHF