nomos 4
10 May 2011
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 1056
Estimate: 350 CHF
Hammer Price:
THESSALY, Halos. Circa 360s-340s BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 16.5mm, 3.71 g 3). Laureate head of Zeus Laphystios to right; before head, thunderbolt. Rev. ΑΛ / Ε / ΝΩ (partially retrograde) Helle, draped but with prominent breasts, seated on ram to right, holding her right hand on the ram’s head and her left on his back. H. Reinder Reinders, New Halos, Utrecht 1988, Series 1 (these dies). Rogers 238. Extremely rare. A piece of fine style with a dark patina. Nearly extremely fine.

The chief god of Halos was Zeus Laphystios (the Devourer), a storm god whose epithet may mean that he received human sacrifices in early times. The scene on the reverse of this coin shows the figure of Helle, the twin-sister of Phrixos. They were the children of the Boiotian king Athamas and the cloud goddess Nephele, whom Athamas later divorced to marry Ino of Thebes. She, in turn, after giving birth to her own children, was jealous of Helle and Phrixos and hatched a plot to have them sacrificed. In true dea ex machina fashion, Nephele sent a golden flying ram out of her clouds for the two children to escape upon: unfortunately Helle fell off and drowned in what was from then on called the Hellespont. Why she should, in fact, appear on this coin is a mystery that Babelon suggests may, in fact, just be a pun (i.e, Helle - Halos, though this is not exactly convincing). The reason why Helle and Phrixos are on the coinage of Halos is that Athamas, the father of this amazing brood of generally not terribly happy children, had founded Halos and, perhaps, they thought putting his children on the coins was more interesting than putting him on them (oddly enough, one of Ino’s children was Melicertes, who appears on coins riding on a dolphin: the family certainly had aquatic connections).
A note from BCD: The rarity of this piece when compared to the Hellenistic issues of Halos (below, lots 1057-1059) is nothing short of astounding. Apparently very few of these early, fine style coins survived the move of the city from its originally elevated location to the plain below, near the sea, where the Dutch School excavated ‘New Halos’ (and have now published in an exemplary manner).
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
10 May 2011 14:00:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
12 Apr 2021 23:09:33 CEST
Remaining Time:
Hammer Price:
3200 CHF

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Lot 1056
Estimate: 350 CHF
THESSALY, Halos. Circa 360s-340s BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 16.5mm, 3.71 g 3). Laureate head of Zeus Laphystios to right; before head, thunderbolt. Rev. ΑΛ / Ε / ΝΩ (partially retrograde) Helle, draped but with prominent breasts, seated on ram to right, holding her right hand on the ram’s head and her left on his back. H. Reinder Reinders, New Halos, Utrecht 1988, Series 1 (these dies). Rogers 238. Extremely rare. A piece of fine style with a dark patina. Nearly extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 3200 CHF
Lot 1057
Estimate: 200 CHF
THESSALY, Halos. Circa 3rd century BC. Dichalkon (Bronze, 19mm, 5.46 g 11). Diademed head of Zeus to right. Rev. ΑΛΕΩΝ Phrixos, nude but for cloak billowing out behind him like wings, riding ram to right, his right arm around the ram’s neck; above left, monogram of ΑΧ. Reinders Series 6 (same dies). Rogers 241. Attractive and well centered with a green patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 1200 CHF
Lot 1058
Estimate: 100 CHF
THESSALY, Halos. Circa 3rd century BC. Chalkous (Bronze, 15mm, 2.47 g 6). Diademed head of Zeus to right. Rev. ΑΛΕΩΝ Phrixos on ram to right, as last; to left in field, monogram as last. Reinders Series 7.3 (same dies). Rogers 242. Clear and with a nice green patina. Good very fine.
Hammer Price: 225 CHF