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15 May 2013
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zürich
Lot 37
Estimate: 25000 CHF
Hammer Price:
MACEDON, Aineia. Mid 4th century BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 14.11 g 4). Head of the nymph Aineia to right, wearing wreath of leaves and a prominent triangular pendant earring. Rev. ΑΙΝΕΗΤΩΝ Bull standing to right, its head turned back to left. Struck from the same dies as CNG 67 (2004) 401 and Giessener Münzhandlung 102 (2000), 133, otherwise unpublished. Extremely rare. The finest of five known examples, nicely centered and very well struck. Very slight traces of double striking, otherwise, extremely fine.

From the Spina Collection, ex Triton VIII, 11 January 2005, 104.

Aineia was a very minor city in the Chalkidike, which produced a very rare coinage of staters in the mid 4th century BC (it minted a slightly more abundant coinage of silver fractions in the 5th century as well as some bronze in the 4th century). These staters were apparently all struck from a single pair of dies and were unknown until a find of them appeared in the late 20th century. They are of particularly fine style and have been associated with the later staters from Lokris - though they are, in fact, closer to the profile drachms of the late 5th century from Larissa and the earlier staters of Stymphalos of c. 350. The single pendant earring is notable, as is the wreath the nymph wears; there are no traces of grain or fruits so the idea that this could be a goddess like Demeter seems unlikely. In fact, this is probably the head of a local fountain nymph, especially given the importance water had for the Greeks.
Current Status
Online bidding closes:
15 May 2013 00:00:00 CEST
Current Date & Time:
12 Apr 2021 02:57:58 CEST
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Hammer Price:
20000 CHF

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Lot 37
Estimate: 25000 CHF
MACEDON, Aineia. Mid 4th century BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 14.11 g 4). Head of the nymph Aineia to right, wearing wreath of leaves and a prominent triangular pendant earring. Rev. ΑΙΝΕΗΤΩΝ Bull standing to right, its head turned back to left. Struck from the same dies as CNG 67 (2004) 401 and Giessener Münzhandlung 102 (2000), 133, otherwise unpublished. Extremely rare. The finest of five known examples, nicely centered and very well struck. Very slight traces of double striking, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 20000 CHF
Lot 38
Estimate: 10000 CHF
MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Circa 383-379. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24mm, 14.68 g 2), Olynthos. Laureate head of Apollo to left, his hair falling down the back of his neck. Rev. ΧΑΛΚΙΔΕΩΝ Kithara with seven strings, and with a small tripod above the cross bar. Robinson & Clement Group M 75 (dies A49//P68). SNG ANS 484 (same dies). SNG Berry 19 (same obverse die). An attractive and toned coin with an elegant head of Apollo. Some very minor die rust on the obverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Current Bid: No Bids
Lot 39
Estimate: 35000 CHF
MACEDON, Mende. Circa 460-423 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 17.29 g 4), c. 425. Dionysos, bearded, and with his head facing turned slightly to left, wearing an ivy wreath and a chiton, holding a kantharos in his right hand and a thyrsos in his left, reclining to right on the back of a donkey walking to right; below, ivy branch. Rev. ΜΕΝΔΑΙΟΝ Raised square bearing a vine with four bunches of grapes; all within shallow incuse square. Kraay- Hirmer 403 (this coin). Locker Lampson 147 (this coin).Noe, Mende 61 (this coin). SNG Lockett 1347 (this coin). Rare. Nicely toned and of excellent classical style. Obverse very slightly double struck, otherwise, extremely fine.
Hammer Price: 40000 CHF