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Nomos 24

22 May 2022 14:00 CEST
Zunfthaus zur Saffran, Zurich


Estimate: 360 CHF
Hammer Price: 480 CHF
Lot 207

ASIA MINOR, perhaps the area of Caria. Uncertain mint. Earlier 5th century BC. Obol (Silver, 8 mm, 0.90 g, 4 h). Lion's scalp facing; to left, either a retrograde E or part of the lion's mane. Rev. Panther's scalp facing, within shallow incuse square. Klein -; Rosen -; SNG Kayhan -; and seemingly unpublished. Boldly struck, well centered and curiously attractive. Nearly extremely fine.

This curious fraction, which seems to have a male lion's scalp on the obverse and a panther's scalp (or a lioness's) on the reverse, is a typical example of one of the many coins from Asia Minor, which, while clearly legible is, for the modern viewer, unidentifiable. Is it a lion and a panther, a lion and a lioness? Is there an E on the obverse, or is it the lion's mane? Is it from the area of Caria because we find lions on coins there? If any coin deserves further research, this one does!

Online bidding closes: 22 May 2022, 09:00:00 CEST Current Date & Time: 20 Aug 2022, 05:12:01 CEST Remaining Time: Closed Hammer price:480 CHF

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