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Nomos 3 10 May 2011
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
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Lot 80
Estimate: 5750 CHF
AITOLIA, Aitolian League. Circa 250-225 BC. Stater (Silver, 10.47 g 11). Head of Apollo to right, wearing oak wreath; below neck, ΛΥ Rev. ΑΙΤΩΛΩΝ Aitolos, nude but for his hat hanging down his back, his sword held under his left arm and his chlamys over his right leg, standing left, holding his spear in his right hand and with his right foot propped on a boulder; to left, monogram of ΝΚ; below the point of his chlamys, Α. BCD Akarnania 442 (this coin). De Laix p. 71, 7. SNG Lockett 1686). Tsangari 585b (this coin) . With a head of unusually individualistic style, nicely toned, but with a minor obverse die break. Extremely fine.


From the collections of BCD, Münzen und Medaillen Deutschland 23, 18 October 2007, 442, and A. Moretti, Münzen und Medaillen 61, 7 October 1982, 115, and ex Hess-Leu, 7 April 1960, 167.

The fact that the person portrayed on the obverse wears an oak wreath has led to a great deal of controversy over his identification. The rather individualistic looking head on these coins have led to him being identified as a Seleukid prince, perhaps Antiochos III (though the present dating of this series makes that rather unlikely). However, he is almost certainly the Apollo of Aitolia, a god greatly venerated there (the oak wreath testifies to his local importance, in place of the usual laurel).
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Online bidding closes: 10 May 2011 09:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 24 Mar 2019 20:59:17 CET
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Hammer Price: 7000 CHF

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Lot 80
Estimate: 5750 CHF
Hammer Price: 7000 CHF
AITOLIA, Aitolian League. Circa 250-225 BC. Stater (Silver, 10.47 g 11). Head of Apollo to right, weari ...
Lot 81
Estimate: 30000 CHF
Hammer Price: 30000 CHF
LOKRIS, Lokris Opuntii. Circa 356-338 BC. Stater (Silver, 12.25 g 11). Head of Demeter to right, her ha ...
Lot 82
Estimate: 3000 CHF
Hammer Price: 4000 CHF
BOEOTIA, Thebes. Circa 425-395 BC. Stater (Silver, 12.15 g). Boeotian shield. Rev. Head of Diony ...