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Nomos AG’s First Sale a Great Success
Monday, 5/11/2009

Nomos AG presented its first public sale on 6 May 2009 in Zürich, Switzerland. It contained 203 very carefully selected lots and after two and a half hours of spirited bidding nearly 90% sold. The hammer price of CHF 4,000,195 was considerably in excess of their combined pre-sale estimate of 2,964,250, representing a 35% premium over the estimates!

Some prices* were world records, such as the 914,500 for a magnificent late Archaic-early Classical tetradrachm from the Sicilian city of Naxos (lot 26, estimated at 400,000) – the highest price ever achieved for any Greek silver coin; the powerful 61,360 paid for a lovely stater from Lycia (lot 112, estimated at 18,500), or the incredible 29,500 paid for a solidus bearing a splendid portrait of Christ from the first reign of Justinian II (lot 181, estimated at 10,000). The cover coin, an impressive didrachm of Tenedos with a wonderful late Archiac – Early Classical Janiform head made 171,100. While prices were very strong overall, some clever buyers obtained great coins at attractive prices such as the 24,780 paid for a silver stater of Alexander of Epirus once in the Metropolitan and Ward collections (lot 55, estimated at 25,000), the 5,430 for a Celtic gold stater that began the sale (lot 1, estimated at 5000), 5,900 for a lovely drachm from the Thracian city of Ainos (lot 34, estimated at 4500) or the mere 7,550 for a denarius of Q. Pomponius Rufus, one of the great rarities of the Roman Republican series (lot 133, estimated at 8000).

The atmosphere at the sale was very enjoyable with a room filled with active bidders whose participation was greatly appreciated.

* - includes Buyer’s premium

A complete list of prices realized can be found at either www.nomosag.com or via www.sixbid.com. For further information, please contact us at nomos@nomosag.com or by telephone, +41 44 250 51 80; we will be pleased to answer any questions you might have.

Additional information about Nomos Auction II, for which consignments are being accepted, will be available on the firm's website www.nomosag.com or can be obtained directly from:

Dr. Alan S. Walker
Director, Nomos AG

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