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Lot: 23854
Price: 1000 CHF
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WESTERN GREECE AND THE IONIAN ISLANDS, Uncertain. Circa 450-400 BC. Hemiobol (Silver, 5 mm, 0.41 g, 7 h). Scallop shell. Rev. A within shallow incuse square. Apparently unpublished and unknown. An interesting and clear piece. Some surface roughness and uncleaned deposits as found, otherwise, about extremely fine.

From a Swiss collection, ex obolos 5, 26 June 2016, 211 .

First things first, when this coin first appeared the shell on the obverse was identified as a 'cockle', which is, alas, quite wrong. This is a 'scallop' - a member of the Pectinidae, which can be 100% correctly identified by the two triangular auricles - 'ears' - found on either side of the hinge on both the top and bottom shells. Cockles, however, are members of the Cardiidae and have no auricles. Going through numismatic literature you will find vast numbers of wrong identifications: the scallop - with 'ears' - symbol on coins of Tarentum is called a cockle by some; while what appears to be a cockle - no 'ears' - on coins of Zankle is often termed a scallop! Anyway, what we have here is a scallop.
But where does it come from? This coin looks somewhat similar in fabric to coins from the Ionian Islands off the western Greek mainland. Kerkyra/Corfu immediately comes to mind; but the large A on the reverse almost certainly rules that city/island out as the mint for this coin. However, the A does remind us of the early issues of the Akarnanian League, and could well stand for Anaktorion, which did have a 5th century coinage, albeit primarily Corinthian type staters. Unfortunately a firm attribution is at present impossible, though the general area from which it must come is sure.
Lot: 23854
Price: 1000 CHF
WESTERN GREECE AND THE IONIAN ISLANDS, Uncertain. Circa 450-400 BC. Hemiobol (Silver, 5 mm, 0.41 g, 7 h). Scallop shell. Rev. A within shallow incuse square. Apparently unpublished and unknown. An interesting and clear piece. Some surface roughness and uncleaned deposits as found, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Lot: 23873
Price: 1750 CHF
BITHYNIA. Apamea. Augustus, with Agrippa, 27 BC-AD 14. (Bronze, 21 mm, 7.56 g, 1 h), struck under the duovir C. Cassius C. f., 27 BC. IMP CAESAR DIVI F AVGVSTO COS VII Bare head of Augustus to right. Rev. AGRIPPA COS III IM C DI F S C C R C CASSIVS C F IIVIR C I C F C Bare head of Agrippa to right. RPC 2008. RPC online 2008.16 (this coin). Rare and unusually complete. Tiny adjustment marks as made. Minor weakness and some spots of corrosion, otherwise, nearly extremely fine.
Lot: 31527
Price: 20000 CHF
MACEDON. Mende. Circa 460-423 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 27 mm, 17.02 g, 5 h), c. 425. Dionysos, wearing ivy wreath and himation and with his head turned forward, reclining on a donkey walking to right; he holds, with his right hand, a kantharos, propped on his right knee, and rests his left hand on the donkey’s side. Rev. ΜΕΝ-ΔΑ-Ι-ΟΝ Linear square divided into four compartments, as a roof coffer with its beams studded with nails; all within incuse square. AMNG pl. 1, 16 and Kraay / Hirmer 404 (same dies). Noe, Mende 83. Of excellent Classical style, attractively toned and well-centered. Some very light smoothing in the obverse fields, otherwise, good very fine.
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