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Nomos 3 10 May 2011
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
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Lot 89
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Attica, Athens. c. 467-465 BC. Drachm (Silver, 13mm, 4.30 g 10). Head of Athena to right, wearing crested Attic helmet adorned with three olive leaves over the visor and a spiral palmette on the bowl. Rev. ΑΘΕ Owl standing to right, head facing; behind, olive spray. SNG Munich 42-43. Starr Group II C, 89. Svoronos Pls. 8, 38 and 9, 30. Rare, especially in this condition. Nicely toned and struck in high relief. Extremely fine.


From the Z collection, Switzerland, ex Nomos 3, 20 May 2011, 89.

The early drachms from the Starr groups, c. 479-454, are surely the most beautiful drachms ever produced by the Athenian mint. The heads of Athena can be little masterpieces - like this one, which is close to the heads on the famous dekadrachms - and the owls are particularly lively looking. One problem is that they circulated for quite a long time and now tend to be usually found no better than very fine in condition. As such, this lovely piece, in extremely fine and in high relief, is nothing short of exceptional.
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Current Status
Online bidding closes: 10 May 2011 09:00:00 CET
Current Date & Time: 20 May 2019 16:48:36 CET
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Hammer Price: 22000 CHF

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Lot 89
Estimate: 4000 CHF
Hammer Price: 22000 CHF
Attica, Athens. c. 467-465 BC. Drachm (Silver, 13mm, 4.30 g 10). Head of Athena to right, wearing crest ...
Lot 90
Estimate: 20000 CHF
Hammer Price: 5000 CHF
ATTICA, Athens. Circa 455-449 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 16.85 g 11). Head of Athena to right, wearing cr ...
Lot 91
Estimate: 2000 CHF
Hammer Price: 3600 CHF
ATTICA, Athens. Circa 449-404 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 17.18 g 9), c. 420s/415-404. Helmeted head of At ...