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King John
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Nomos AG > Auction 18 Auction date: 5 May 2019
Lot number: 19
Price realized: 750 CHF   (Approx. 736 USD / 658 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 
Lot description:
CALABRIA. Tarentum. Circa 344-340 BC. Nomos (Silver, 21 mm, 7.99 g, 9 h). Helmeted ephebe, nude, holding a small round shield and a lance with his left hand and the reins with his right, riding to right; below horse,⊣. Rev. ΤΑΡΑΣ Phalanthos, nude, riding dolphin to left, holding kotyle in his outstretched right hand and resting his left hand on the dolphin's back; below, Π above waves. Fischer-Bossert 674 (V257/R523). HN III 878. An attractive lightly toned example, struck from particularly artistic dies. Traces of overstriking on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
From the Vineyard Collection, ex Elsen 58, 12 June 1999, 786.
Estimate: 450 CHF

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The New York Sale, Auction 27, lot 213, 4/01/2012

The Prospero Collection of Ancient Greek Coins. BLACK SEA REGION. Pantikapaion (c.350-300 B.C.), Gold Stater, 9.12g,. Head of bearded satyr facing, inclined slightly to the left, with long dishevelled hair and pointed horse’s ear. Rev. Π-A-N , winged griffin standing to left, with its horned head facing, its right forepaw raised, holding a spear in its jaws, a large grain-ear below on which the griffin stands (Locker Lampson 122 (ex Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich collection) = Gulbenkian 583 (these dies); Gulbenkian 584 (this obverse die), 580 (this reverse die); K. Regling, ‘Der Griechische Goldschatz von Prinkipo’, ZfN XLI, 1931, 165 (this obverse die); BM Principal Coins III. B, 1, pl. 21, 1; Jameson 2143). One small area of softness at top of the head, otherwise well-struck and extremely fine, fantastic style, one of the greatest and most admired of all ancient Greek coins, a true masterpiece and incredibly rare, a coin of the highest importance . Purchased from Bank Leu Ltd., Zurich, 1991 The facing head Pantikapaion gold stater, among the most spectacular numismatic objects to survive from the classical world, is one of the greatest pinnacles of ancient Greek numismatic art. The opportunity to acquire an example is seldom encountered by numismatists. Godfrey Locker Lampson, whose example was struck from the same dies as this coin, provides us with his own inspired account of the obverse: “The head of the satyr is a marvel of speaking portraiture. That so much expression could be packed into so small a round would not be believed by any one who had not seen it....If a single coin had to be selected from those described in these pages, as by the greatest of all die-engravers, whoever he may have been, whose work had lasted to the present day, the writer would choose this one. Its creator has left no name behind him, but none but a consummate artist of remarkable and original genius could have produced this unforgettable and amazing little gem.” (Locker Lampson Collection (foreword, p. vii)). The example from the Locker Lampson Collection is now in the Gulbenkian Collection, where it resides together with two other similar examples, one of which shares the same obverse die. The Greek colony of Pantikapaion was founded in the seventh century B.C. by the Milesians and, by the fourth century, the city had amassed considerable wealth through its exports of grain. The griffin on the reverse of this coin is seen standing upon a grain-ear, symbolic of its importance to the financial well-being of the city. The issue of gold staters, this three-quarter facing head example being one of the most important, was a manifestation of the wealth of Pantikapaion. US$ 650,000

ILLUSTRAZIONE: TESTA DI PAN, DA UN RECIPIENTE IN BRONZO (SITULA) DEL 340-320 A.C. CONSERVATO A SOFIA (BULGARIA), VASSIL BOJKOV COLLECTION

 

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Classical Numismatic Group > Auction 111 Auction date: 29 May 2019
Lot number: 177
 
 

Lot description:
CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS, Pantikapaion. Circa 340-325 BC. AV Stater (22.5mm, 9.11 g, 11h). Head of Pan left, wearing ivy wreath / Griffin, holding spear in its mouth, standing left, head facing, forepaw raised, on grain ear; Π-A-N around. Anokhin 1021; MacDonald 54; HGC 7, 20; SNG BM Black Sea 864; Gulbenkian 587 = Locker-Lampson 123; cf. Kraay & Hirmer 440. Choice EF, lustrous. Well centered and struck. 
Pantikapaion was founded by Greek colonists from Miletos in the late seventh century BC. Situated on the west side of the Cimmerian Bosporos, in what is now called the Crimea, it achieved great prosperity through its exploitation of the abundant fisheries of the straits and the export of wheat from the Crimea. This wealth is attested by its splendid gold coinage, which commenced in the mid-4th century BC, and by the magnificently furnished rock tombs of its principal citizens in the same period. Later, it was to become a regional capital of the kingdom of Mithradates VI of Pontos (120-63 BC) and later still the seat of the kings of Bosporos (first century BC – fourth century AD). The coinage of Pantikapaion seems to have commenced with silver issues in the latter part of the fifth century BC, but it is for its beautiful gold staters that the mint is chiefly noted. They depict the head of the god Pan (a pun on the name of the city) and on the reverse the griffin that Herodotos describes as being the guardian of the remote sources of gold. 
Estimate: 75000 USD

ILLUSTRAZIONE: TESTA DI PAN SCOPERTA A KALUGEROVO (BULGARIA)

 

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8 ore fa, King John dice:
The New York Sale, Auction 27, lot 213, 4/01/2012

The Prospero Collection of Ancient Greek Coins. BLACK SEA REGION. Pantikapaion (c.350-300 B.C.), Gold Stater, 9.12g,. Head of bearded satyr facing, inclined slightly to the left, with long dishevelled hair and pointed horse’s ear. Rev. Π-A-N , winged griffin standing to left, with its horned head facing, its right forepaw raised, holding a spear in its jaws, a large grain-ear below on which the griffin stands (Locker Lampson 122 (ex Grand Duke Alexander Mikhailovich collection) = Gulbenkian 583 (these dies); Gulbenkian 584 (this obverse die), 580 (this reverse die); K. Regling, ‘Der Griechische Goldschatz von Prinkipo’, ZfN XLI, 1931, 165 (this obverse die); BM Principal Coins III. B, 1, pl. 21, 1; Jameson 2143). One small area of softness at top of the head, otherwise well-struck and extremely fine, fantastic style, one of the greatest and most admired of all ancient Greek coins, a true masterpiece and incredibly rare, a coin of the highest importance . Purchased from Bank Leu Ltd., Zurich, 1991 The facing head Pantikapaion gold stater, among the most spectacular numismatic objects to survive from the classical world, is one of the greatest pinnacles of ancient Greek numismatic art. The opportunity to acquire an example is seldom encountered by numismatists. Godfrey Locker Lampson, whose example was struck from the same dies as this coin, provides us with his own inspired account of the obverse: “The head of the satyr is a marvel of speaking portraiture. That so much expression could be packed into so small a round would not be believed by any one who had not seen it....If a single coin had to be selected from those described in these pages, as by the greatest of all die-engravers, whoever he may have been, whose work had lasted to the present day, the writer would choose this one. Its creator has left no name behind him, but none but a consummate artist of remarkable and original genius could have produced this unforgettable and amazing little gem.” (Locker Lampson Collection (foreword, p. vii)). The example from the Locker Lampson Collection is now in the Gulbenkian Collection, where it resides together with two other similar examples, one of which shares the same obverse die. The Greek colony of Pantikapaion was founded in the seventh century B.C. by the Milesians and, by the fourth century, the city had amassed considerable wealth through its exports of grain. The griffin on the reverse of this coin is seen standing upon a grain-ear, symbolic of its importance to the financial well-being of the city. The issue of gold staters, this three-quarter facing head example being one of the most important, was a manifestation of the wealth of Pantikapaion. US$ 650,000

ILLUSTRAZIONE: TESTA DI PAN, DA UN RECIPIENTE IN BRONZO (SITULA) DEL 340-320 A.C. CONSERVATO A SOFIA (BULGARIA), VASSIL BOJKOV COLLECTION

 

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Questo ritratto a 3/4 della testa di Pan sullo statere d'oro da te postato, non rispecchia affatto lo stile incisorio del periodo, ma mi ricorda qualcosa più dell'evo moderno.

C'è più movimento nel volto di Pan, che nel grifone, la spiga di grano subline...

Signor tondello, e signor prezzo...:D

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4 ore fa, King John dice:
Classical Numismatic Group > Auction 111 Auction date: 29 May 2019
Lot number: 177
 
 

Lot description:
CIMMERIAN BOSPOROS, Pantikapaion. Circa 340-325 BC. AV Stater (22.5mm, 9.11 g, 11h). Head of Pan left, wearing ivy wreath / Griffin, holding spear in its mouth, standing left, head facing, forepaw raised, on grain ear; Π-A-N around. Anokhin 1021; MacDonald 54; HGC 7, 20; SNG BM Black Sea 864; Gulbenkian 587 = Locker-Lampson 123; cf. Kraay & Hirmer 440. Choice EF, lustrous. Well centered and struck. 
Pantikapaion was founded by Greek colonists from Miletos in the late seventh century BC. Situated on the west side of the Cimmerian Bosporos, in what is now called the Crimea, it achieved great prosperity through its exploitation of the abundant fisheries of the straits and the export of wheat from the Crimea. This wealth is attested by its splendid gold coinage, which commenced in the mid-4th century BC, and by the magnificently furnished rock tombs of its principal citizens in the same period. Later, it was to become a regional capital of the kingdom of Mithradates VI of Pontos (120-63 BC) and later still the seat of the kings of Bosporos (first century BC – fourth century AD). The coinage of Pantikapaion seems to have commenced with silver issues in the latter part of the fifth century BC, but it is for its beautiful gold staters that the mint is chiefly noted. They depict the head of the god Pan (a pun on the name of the city) and on the reverse the griffin that Herodotos describes as being the guardian of the remote sources of gold. 
Estimate: 75000 USD

ILLUSTRAZIONE: TESTA DI PAN SCOPERTA A KALUGEROVO (BULGARIA)

 

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Qui invece l'incisore è riuscito a dare il senso del movimento perfettamente al grifone, il ritratto più da bronzo, e particolarmente statico, anche se per composizione e ricchezza nei particolari è un rappresentazione di rilievo.

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Numismatica Ars Classica > Auction 114 Auction date: 6 May 2019
Lot number: 63
Price realized: 70,000 CHF   (Approx. 68,783 USD / 61,478 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 

Segesta. Tetradrachm circa 405-400, AR 17.16 g. EΓE STAIΩN Aegestes, the city's founder, as hunter, standing r. with l. foot upon rock, r. hand resting on hip, l. elbow on knee; he wears a pilos suspended behind the neck, sword hanging from strap around l. shoulder, ankle-booths (cothurni) and chlamys over l. arm; two javelins in l. hand. At his feet, two hounds r. and in r. field, ithyphallic herme l., wearing petasus. Rev. [ΣΕΛΕ – ΣΤ]ΑZΙΒ Head of the nymph Segesta r., wearing earring and necklace, hair caught in amphyx and sphendone. Behind head, ear of barley. Rizzo pl. LXII, 13 (these dies). Kraay-Himer 203 (this obverse die) and 204 (this reverse die). Mildenberg, Kimon in the manner of Segesta in Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of Numismatics, Paris, 1973, pl. 11, 20. Lederer 5. Hunter, Segesta, T7a and p. 137, fig. 15 (this coin).
Extremely rare and among the finest specimens known. A very important and prestigious
issue of fine style with a very interesting and well accomplished obverse
composition. Struck on a very broad flan with a lovely tone
Ex Leu sale 71, 1997, 62.
The coinage of Segesta started in about 475/70 B.C. with silver didrachms that depict a standing hound on the obverse and the head of the local nymph on the reverse. That series lasted seventy years or more, during which time the hound was shown in a variety of poses and there was a significant development in the style of the nymph's head. Tetradrachms were not struck at Segesta until about 415 B.C., overlapping didrachm production by only about fifteen years. The hound and nymph both spoke to the foundation mythology of the city. The hound represented the river-god Crimisus, who in the poem Alexandra, attributed to the 3rd Century Greek poet Lycophron, is said to have seduced a fugitive Trojan woman, Aegista (Segesta). Their child, Aegestes, is credited with the foundation of Segesta and the lesser communities of Eryx and Entella. In the historical tradition, Segesta was founded by Elymians, a people who in comparison with Greeks and Carthaginians qualified as indigenous Sicilians. The Elymian homeland is unknown: they may have migrated from Liguria, though most often they are described as having arrived from Asia Minor. Their distinctive language, written with the Greek alphabet, is still un-deciphered. By the time Segesta began to issue tetradrachms near the end of the 5th Century, that denomination had become the preferred silver coin of Sicily. The earliest tetradrachms, dated by Hurter to c.415/12-c.410 B.C., have on their obverse a quadriga scene with some variety. The reverse has a truly remarkable type showing a young man holding a spear; he has one foot set upon a rock as he peers into the distance as if from an elevated lookout. At his side one or two hounds either are scenting or are looking forward alertly. After the initial issue, this scene alternates from the obverse to the reverse, and on many tetradrachms the ethic is rendered in both Greek and Elymian. Though no inscription provides his name, the young man must be Aegestes, the founder of Segesta, or the river-god Crimisus, portrayed as a hunter. Aegestes seems a likely candidate, yet Aelian (Var. Hist. ii.33) notes that Crimisus was worshipped in human form at Segesta. On one die from the initial group a herm (boundary marker) appears before him – a design feature that would recur on all but one die that followed. The next issues pair the hunter design with two unique types – a facing head modelled after the work of Kimon at Syracuse, and the nymph Segesta sacrificing at an altar in a scene reminiscent of that on tetradrachms of Himera. Thereafter, the accompanying type is either a quadriga or the head of the nymph Segesta, shown in profile, as on the present coin. A perennial concern of Segesta was its frontier territory, which bordered on that of Selinus to the South. This wholly original scene probably reflects the vigilance of the men of Segesta along their border with Selinus. Starting in the late 5th Century the local dispute of Segesta and Selinus grew out of proportion and drew the involvement of distant powers. In 416 B.C. it led to Syracusan and Athenian interventions that three years later culminated in the destruction of an Athenian armada. In 410/9 B.C. it gave pretext for a Carthaginian invasion which resulted in the destruction of Selinus and Himera. A few years later, new hostilities in the region of Selinus triggered an even more severe Carthaginian invasion which, in 406/5 B.C., resulted in the sacking of Acragas, Gela and Camarina, and left the Carthaginians in control of much of the island.

Estimate: 50000 CHF

ILLUSTRAZIONE: LEKYTHOS (VASO PER OLIO) DEL 470 A.C.CHE RAFFIGURA IL CACCIATORE KEPHALOS CON IL SUO CANE.

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Savoca Numismatik GmbH & Co. KG > Online Auction 31 | Silver Auction date: 10 March 2019
Lot number: 408

Price realized: 240 EUR   (Approx. 270 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 

Lot description:
The Triumvirs. Octavian 30-29 BC. Rome
Denarius AR
20 mm
Laureate head of Apollo of Actium right, with features resembling Octavian / Octavian, as city founder, veiled and wearing priestly robes, holding whip in outstretched left hand and plow-handle in right, plowing right with yoke of oxen, IMP • CAE[SAR] in exergue.
very fine
CRI 424; RIC I 272; RSC 117; BN 92-6.
Starting Price: 100 EUR

illustrazione: la cerimonia della fondazione di una città romana

SUL RITO DELLA FONDAZIONE DI UNA CITTA':

http://www.scudit.net/mdromolosolco.htm

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Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger > Auction 348 Auction date: 8 May 2019
Lot number: 879
Price realized: Unsold
 

Lot description:
RÖMISCHE MÜNZEN, RÖMISCHES KAISERREICH 
SEVERUS ALEXANDER. 222-235, Thrakien, Byzantion.AE-Medaillon. 40 mm. Gepanzerte Büste l. mit Strahlenkrone, Speer und Schild. Rs: Severus Alexander mit Aplustrum und Zepter in Quadriga r., hinter ihm Victoria mit Palmzweig, den Kaiser bekränzend.
Schönert-Geiss 1741. Etwas fleckige Patina. Min. korrodiert. Perfekt zentriert. vz
Ex Hirsch 300, 2014, Los Nr. 162. Auf dem vorliegenden Medaillon wird der eher friedfertige Kaiser als erfolgreicher Krieger stilisiert, den die Siegesgöttin beim Triumph bekränzt. 235 n. Chr. wurde er von revoltierenden Soldaten in der Nähe von Mainz erschlagen; sein Nachfolger wurde mit Maximinus Thrax bezeichnenderweise ein altgedienter Offizier.
Estimate: 7500 EUR

illustrazione: testa marmorea dell'imperatore Alessandro Severo

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Classical Numismatic Group, Auction 99, lot 211, 13/05/2015

LESBOS, Mytilene. Circa 377-326 BC. EL Hekte (10.5mm, 2.56 g, 12h). Wreathed head of Dionysos right / Head of satyr facing; star to upper right; all in linear square [within shallow incuse square]. Bodenstedt Em. 90; HGC 6, 1016 var. (star not noted). EF, toned, light scratch on reverse. Very rare variety with star.

ILLUSTRAZIONE: TESTA DI SATIRO IN TERRACOTTA (MANUFATTO ETRUSCO DEL IV SECOLO A.C.)

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10 ore fa, King John dice:
Gerhard Hirsch Nachfolger > Auction 348 Auction date: 8 May 2019
Lot number: 879
Price realized: Unsold
 

Lot description:
RÖMISCHE MÜNZEN, RÖMISCHES KAISERREICH 
SEVERUS ALEXANDER. 222-235, Thrakien, Byzantion.AE-Medaillon. 40 mm. Gepanzerte Büste l. mit Strahlenkrone, Speer und Schild. Rs: Severus Alexander mit Aplustrum und Zepter in Quadriga r., hinter ihm Victoria mit Palmzweig, den Kaiser bekränzend.
Schönert-Geiss 1741. Etwas fleckige Patina. Min. korrodiert. Perfekt zentriert. vz
Ex Hirsch 300, 2014, Los Nr. 162. Auf dem vorliegenden Medaillon wird der eher friedfertige Kaiser als erfolgreicher Krieger stilisiert, den die Siegesgöttin beim Triumph bekränzt. 235 n. Chr. wurde er von revoltierenden Soldaten in der Nähe von Mainz erschlagen; sein Nachfolger wurde mit Maximinus Thrax bezeichnenderweise ein altgedienter Offizier.
Estimate: 7500 EUR

illustrazione: testa marmorea dell'imperatore Alessandro Severo

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Medaglione forever...

Anche qui il ritratto di Alessandro Severo vola, confronto alla staticità della quadriga.

Il rovescio per particolari un po' lacunoso, invece il dritto non mi dispiace come l'incisore ha esaltato i tratti dell'imperatore..

Sempre un sogno ovviamente certi tondelli..

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13 ore fa, King John dice:
Numismatica Ars Classica > Auction 114 Auction date: 6 May 2019
Lot number: 63
Price realized: 70,000 CHF   (Approx. 68,783 USD / 61,478 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 

Segesta. Tetradrachm circa 405-400, AR 17.16 g. EΓE STAIΩN Aegestes, the city's founder, as hunter, standing r. with l. foot upon rock, r. hand resting on hip, l. elbow on knee; he wears a pilos suspended behind the neck, sword hanging from strap around l. shoulder, ankle-booths (cothurni) and chlamys over l. arm; two javelins in l. hand. At his feet, two hounds r. and in r. field, ithyphallic herme l., wearing petasus. Rev. [ΣΕΛΕ – ΣΤ]ΑZΙΒ Head of the nymph Segesta r., wearing earring and necklace, hair caught in amphyx and sphendone. Behind head, ear of barley. Rizzo pl. LXII, 13 (these dies). Kraay-Himer 203 (this obverse die) and 204 (this reverse die). Mildenberg, Kimon in the manner of Segesta in Proceedings of the 8th International Congress of Numismatics, Paris, 1973, pl. 11, 20. Lederer 5. Hunter, Segesta, T7a and p. 137, fig. 15 (this coin).
Extremely rare and among the finest specimens known. A very important and prestigious
issue of fine style with a very interesting and well accomplished obverse
composition. Struck on a very broad flan with a lovely tone
Ex Leu sale 71, 1997, 62.
The coinage of Segesta started in about 475/70 B.C. with silver didrachms that depict a standing hound on the obverse and the head of the local nymph on the reverse. That series lasted seventy years or more, during which time the hound was shown in a variety of poses and there was a significant development in the style of the nymph's head. Tetradrachms were not struck at Segesta until about 415 B.C., overlapping didrachm production by only about fifteen years. The hound and nymph both spoke to the foundation mythology of the city. The hound represented the river-god Crimisus, who in the poem Alexandra, attributed to the 3rd Century Greek poet Lycophron, is said to have seduced a fugitive Trojan woman, Aegista (Segesta). Their child, Aegestes, is credited with the foundation of Segesta and the lesser communities of Eryx and Entella. In the historical tradition, Segesta was founded by Elymians, a people who in comparison with Greeks and Carthaginians qualified as indigenous Sicilians. The Elymian homeland is unknown: they may have migrated from Liguria, though most often they are described as having arrived from Asia Minor. Their distinctive language, written with the Greek alphabet, is still un-deciphered. By the time Segesta began to issue tetradrachms near the end of the 5th Century, that denomination had become the preferred silver coin of Sicily. The earliest tetradrachms, dated by Hurter to c.415/12-c.410 B.C., have on their obverse a quadriga scene with some variety. The reverse has a truly remarkable type showing a young man holding a spear; he has one foot set upon a rock as he peers into the distance as if from an elevated lookout. At his side one or two hounds either are scenting or are looking forward alertly. After the initial issue, this scene alternates from the obverse to the reverse, and on many tetradrachms the ethic is rendered in both Greek and Elymian. Though no inscription provides his name, the young man must be Aegestes, the founder of Segesta, or the river-god Crimisus, portrayed as a hunter. Aegestes seems a likely candidate, yet Aelian (Var. Hist. ii.33) notes that Crimisus was worshipped in human form at Segesta. On one die from the initial group a herm (boundary marker) appears before him – a design feature that would recur on all but one die that followed. The next issues pair the hunter design with two unique types – a facing head modelled after the work of Kimon at Syracuse, and the nymph Segesta sacrificing at an altar in a scene reminiscent of that on tetradrachms of Himera. Thereafter, the accompanying type is either a quadriga or the head of the nymph Segesta, shown in profile, as on the present coin. A perennial concern of Segesta was its frontier territory, which bordered on that of Selinus to the South. This wholly original scene probably reflects the vigilance of the men of Segesta along their border with Selinus. Starting in the late 5th Century the local dispute of Segesta and Selinus grew out of proportion and drew the involvement of distant powers. In 416 B.C. it led to Syracusan and Athenian interventions that three years later culminated in the destruction of an Athenian armada. In 410/9 B.C. it gave pretext for a Carthaginian invasion which resulted in the destruction of Selinus and Himera. A few years later, new hostilities in the region of Selinus triggered an even more severe Carthaginian invasion which, in 406/5 B.C., resulted in the sacking of Acragas, Gela and Camarina, and left the Carthaginians in control of much of the island.

Estimate: 50000 CHF

ILLUSTRAZIONE: LEKYTHOS (VASO PER OLIO) DEL 470 A.C.CHE RAFFIGURA IL CACCIATORE KEPHALOS CON IL SUO CANE.

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Un tondello incantevole, folto di particolari,e con particolare vigoria della scena, il ritratto della ninfa Segesta quasi fumettistico..

Però un profilo stupendo, con la sua ricca acconciatura e lo sguardo che anche se volto altrove sembra osservarti di nascosto..

Che tondello...

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Hess Divo AG, Auction 335, lot 7, 6/12/2018

GREEK COINS FROM THE ABOU TAAM FAMILY COLLECTION. BRUTTIUM. TEMESA. Nomos, about 450 BC. AR 8.16 g. Between two greaves, tripod with three ring handles, legs ending in lions paws. Rev. TEM Corinthian helmet with crest r. AMB 234 (this specimen); Jameson 464.
Very rare. Nicely toned. Extremely fine
Provenance:
Dr. A. D. Moretti collection.
Dr. H. Maag collection.
Auction Numismatica Ars Classica AG, Zurich 13 (1998),234.
Auction Dr. B. Peus Nachf., Francfort/M. 407 (2012),141. The exact location of the city of Temesa and its history are not known. It must have been in close relationship with or even depending of the city of Croton which whom Temesa struck alliance-coins and whose obv. type (tripod) was copied for the issue of these very rare nomoi of the mid 5th c. BC.
See also: Dionysus – The God of Ecstasy

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Leu Numismatik AG > Auction 4 Auction date: 25 May 2019
Lot number: 413  

Lot description:
THRACE. Philippopolis. Caracalla, 198-217. Medallion (Bronze, 41 mm, 41.91 g, 6 h), 214. AYT K M AYP CEYH ANTΩNEINOC Laureate bust of Caracalla to left, seen from behind and wearing aegis. Rev. KOINON ΘPAKΩN AΛE-ZANΔΡIA EN ΦIΛI/ΠΠOΠO / ΠY-ΘIA Nude athlete standing front, head to left, holding apples in his right hand and a discus in his left; to left, javelin (?). BMC 36. A. Milavic: Coins of the Greek Pentathlon, in: Celator 20, 7 (2006), p. 14, fig. 6 (this coin). Varbanov 1432. Very rare. A bold game-related medallion with a lovely green patina. Very fine.
From an important Californian collection and the A. Milavic Collection, ex Lanz 123, 30 May 2005, 674.
Estimate: 1500 CHF

ILLUSTRAZIONE: DISCOBOLO DI POLICLETO, COPIA ROMANA (THORVALDSENSMUSEUM, COPENHAGEN)

 

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Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG, Auction 52, lot 387, 7/10/2009

Julia, daughter of Titus
Aureus 88-89 (?), AV 7.63 g. IVLIA – AVGVSTA Draped bust r., hair in dome in top of head and in plait falling at neck. Rev. DIVI TITI FILIA Peacock in splendour. C 6. BMC Domitian 250. RIC Domitian 683. CBN Domitian 220. Kent-Hirmer pl. 68-69, 241. Calicó 809.
Extremely rare and in unusually good condition for the issue. A nice portrait struck
in high relief, good very fine / about extremely fine
Ex Leu 45, 1988, 324 and NAC 33, 2006, 461 sales.

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Leu Numismatik AG > Auction 4 Auction date: 25 May 2019
Lot number: 492  
Lot description:
CILICIA. Isaura. Pseudo-autonomous issue. Hemiassarion (Orichalcum, 18 mm, 3.02 g, 7 h), circa late 1st to 2nd centuries AD. Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress. Rev. ICAYPΩN Youthful male riding lion right and holding sword above his head. SNG Levante 258 (same dies). SNG Paris -. Rare. A lovely issue of fine style. Very minor adjustment marks on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Estimate: 250 CHF

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Leu Numismatik AG > Auction 4 Auction date: 25 May 2019
Lot number: 492  
Lot description:
CILICIA. Isaura. Pseudo-autonomous issue. Hemiassarion (Orichalcum, 18 mm, 3.02 g, 7 h), circa late 1st to 2nd centuries AD. Head of Herakles to right, wearing lion skin headdress. Rev. ICAYPΩN Youthful male riding lion right and holding sword above his head. SNG Levante 258 (same dies). SNG Paris -. Rare. A lovely issue of fine style. Very minor adjustment marks on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.
Estimate: 250 CHF

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Ancora quel leone maledetto pure il marmo si mangia...:D

Questo tondello sembra finto...il leone mi sembra gigante proporzionalmente, forse per rendere l'idea della ferocia...

Meno male che l'ho sistemato poi...

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Hess Divo AG, Auction 335, lot 7, 6/12/2018

GREEK COINS FROM THE ABOU TAAM FAMILY COLLECTION. BRUTTIUM. TEMESA. Nomos, about 450 BC. AR 8.16 g. Between two greaves, tripod with three ring handles, legs ending in lions paws. Rev. TEM Corinthian helmet with crest r. AMB 234 (this specimen); Jameson 464.
Very rare. Nicely toned. Extremely fine
Provenance:
Dr. A. D. Moretti collection.
Dr. H. Maag collection.
Auction Numismatica Ars Classica AG, Zurich 13 (1998),234.
Auction Dr. B. Peus Nachf., Francfort/M. 407 (2012),141. The exact location of the city of Temesa and its history are not known. It must have been in close relationship with or even depending of the city of Croton which whom Temesa struck alliance-coins and whose obv. type (tripod) was copied for the issue of these very rare nomoi of the mid 5th c. BC.
See also: Dionysus – The God of Ecstasy

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Il casco corinzio me lo sognavo da bambino, fra le battaglie e gli scontri...

Tanta simbologia in questo tondello, nella sua semplicità mi affascina..

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Roma Numismatics Ltd > E-Sale 57 Auction date: 30 May 2019
Lot number: 302  
Lot description:
Kingdom of Macedon, time of Kassander - Demetrios I Poliorketes AR Fifth Tetradrachm. Uncertain Macedonian mint (Amphipolis?), circa 310-290 BC. In the name and types of Philip II. Laureate head of Apollo right / Youth on horseback right; ΦIΛIΠΠOY above, club below. Le Rider pl. 48, 10-2; SNG ANS 822-6. 2.20g, 16mm, 12h. 
Good Very Fine, struck from dies of pleasant style.
From a private European collection.
Estimate: 50 GBP

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Nomos AG > Auction 18 Auction date: 5 May 2019
Lot number: 26
Price realized: 4,800 CHF   (Approx. 4,710 USD / 4,212 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 

Lot description:
LUCANIA. Herakleia. Circa 340-330 BC. Nomos (Silver, 22 mm, 7.92 g, 12 h), circa 360-350. Head of Athena, three-quarters facing and turned slightly to the right, wearing a triple-crested Attic helmet. Rev. [⊦]ΗΡΑΚΛΗΙ[ΩΝ] Herakles standing facing, turned slightly to the right, grappling with the Nemean lion; to left, at Herakles' feet, bow and club. HN III 1375. Jameson 238. Work 22. Very rare. Clear and bright. Some very minor cleaning scratches, otherwise, good very fine.
From a Swiss collection formed prior to 2005.
Estimate: 4500 CHF

ILLUSTRAZIONE: Placchetta raffigurante Ercole che combatte contro il leone Nemeo. La scena è rappresentata di profilo, e un tronco d'albero e dei rami fanno da sfondo.  L'autore  è stato spesso identificato con Galeazzo Mondella, attivo nel nord Italia tra XV e XVI sec., ma alcuni studiosi tendono ad indentificarlo col Caradosso.

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Gemini, LLC, Auction VII, lot 21, 9/01/2011

Calabria. Tarentum. c. 344-340 BC. Didrachm, 7.95g. (h). Obv: Horseman, naked but for crested helmet, to left, holding reins in right hand, shield and spear in left. Beneath horse, Δ (barely visible). Rx: ΤΑΡΑΣ Taras seated on dolphin to left, shouldering trident. In left field, tiny dolphin springing to left. Beneath, five waves of the sea. In lower right field, halved Η (to be read as a spiritus asper). Very thin linear border, broken by the small dolphin. All within circular incuse. Fischer-Bossert 670 (O255/R519'). SNG ANS 934 (same dies). Vlasto Coll. 446 (same dies). Iridescent toning. EF.
The Rockefeller University/Dr. Alfred E. Mirsky .

ILLUSTRAZIONE: PARTICOLARE DEL FREGIO DEL PARTENONE

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Classical Numismatic Group, Triton XXI, lot 163, 9/01/2018

The Staffieri Collection 
EGYPT, Alexandria. Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. Æ Drachm (35mm, 28.45 g, 12h). Dated RY 5 (AD 141/142). [AYT K T A]IΛ A∆P ANTωNINO[C CЄB ЄYC], laureate head right / Bearded man (Reaper) standing right, wearing short kirtle (tunic), pileos, and goat's skin(?) over his left shoulder, with his right hand he cuts three grain stalks with a sickle, holding them with his left; [L] Є to left. Köln 1417 var. (reaper not wearing pileos, goat's skin, and slightly hunched over); Dattari (Savio) 2989 (this coin – reverse illustrated on pl. XXVI); K&G 35.165 (this coin illustrated); Emmett 1643.5; Staffieri, Alexandria In Nummis 136 (this coin). Good VF, attractive dark brown patina with touches of green. Extremely rare and exceptional.
From the Giovanni Maria Staffieri Collection. Ex Kerry K. Wetterstrom Collection (Classical Numismatic Auctions XIII, 4 December 1990), lot 221; Dr. Meyer-Coloniensis Colllection (Münz Zentrum 64, 15 April 1988), lot 273; Giovanni Dattari Collection, no. 2989.
There are two varieties for this type – one depicting the reaper wearing a pileos and goat's skin over his shoulder, and the other without these features and slightly hunched over as he cuts the grain ears. While both varieties are rare (we have handled two examples of the second type: CNG 76 [2007], lot 1147 and CNG Inventory no. 253505), the first type is definitely the rarer of the two.
This type and the so-called "Ploughman" type (see CNG 85, lot 714) are usually included in the Alexandrian mythological and pictorial coin series. Although they are not mythological in derivation, they may represent their respective constellations or seasons. Perhaps the common "Nilus reclining" types represent the inundation of the Nile, the most important "season" for the ancient Egyptians. This type is only known for Pius' regnal year 5.

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Nomos AG > Auction 18 Auction date: 5 May 2019
Lot number: 26
Price realized: 4,800 CHF   (Approx. 4,710 USD / 4,212 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
 

Lot description:
LUCANIA. Herakleia. Circa 340-330 BC. Nomos (Silver, 22 mm, 7.92 g, 12 h), circa 360-350. Head of Athena, three-quarters facing and turned slightly to the right, wearing a triple-crested Attic helmet. Rev. [⊦]ΗΡΑΚΛΗΙ[ΩΝ] Herakles standing facing, turned slightly to the right, grappling with the Nemean lion; to left, at Herakles' feet, bow and club. HN III 1375. Jameson 238. Work 22. Very rare. Clear and bright. Some very minor cleaning scratches, otherwise, good very fine.
From a Swiss collection formed prior to 2005.
Estimate: 4500 CHF

ILLUSTRAZIONE: Placchetta raffigurante Ercole che combatte contro il leone Nemeo. La scena è rappresentata di profilo, e un tronco d'albero e dei rami fanno da sfondo.  L'autore  è stato spesso identificato con Galeazzo Mondella, attivo nel nord Italia tra XV e XVI sec., ma alcuni studiosi tendono ad indentificarlo col Caradosso.

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Questo ho dovuto sopraffarlo con le mie mani visto che era immune da qualsiasi oggetto da taglio, la popolazione di Nemea povera ne sa qualcosa...

Tondello sempre affascinate...

La plachetta francamente non me la sento di attribuirla a Cristoforo Foppa, c'è evidente incongruenza di stile..molto bello il leone..

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The New York Sale, Auction 22, lot 341, 4/01/2012

The Prospero Collection of Ancient Greek Coins. EPIRUS. Kingdom of Epirus, Pyrrhos (297-272 B.C.), Silver Didrachm, 8.19g,. Lokroi Epizephyrioi mint (?), struck c.279-274 B.C. Head of Achilles facing to left, wearing a crested helmet ornamented with a griffin. Rev. BAΣIΛEΩΣ / ΠYPPOY , Thetis, veiled, seated to left on a sea-horse which is swimming to right, she holds the shield of Achilles, adorned with a Gorgon-head (BMC 8; SNG Lloyd 657; Jameson 1128; Kraay - Hirmer pl. 150, 473). Lightly toned, very fine, exceedingly rare and a very interesting coin. Purchased from Spink & Son Ltd., London, 10 March 1987 US$ 9,500

ILLUSTRAZIONE: BRONZO DEL IV SECOLO A.C. RAFFIGURANTE TETI SEDUTA SU UN CAPRONE MARINO, METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, NEW YORK

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Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG, Auction 72, lot 649, 16/05/2013

The Roman Empire
Hadrian augustus, 117 – 138
Sestertius 134-138, Æ 25.58 g. HADRIANVS – AVG COS III P P Laureate and draped bust r. Rev. ADVENTVI – AVG MA – VRETANIAE Hadrian, on l. togate, standing r., raising r. hand and holding roll in l.; in front of him, personification of Mauretania, wearing elephant headdress, sacrificing out of patera over altar and holding standard; by altar a victim. In exergue, S C. C 67. BMC 1667. RIC 899. Very rare and in exceptional condition for this very difficult issue. A superb portrait and a finely executed reverse composition, brown-green patina and extremely fine The travels of Hadrian are poorly documented, and scholars have toiled to reconstruct them by using many different sources of evidence, not the least of which is coinage. In all likelihood Hadrian’s first trip occupied the years 121 to 125, his second 128 to 132, and his third 134 to 136. Hill dates this sestertius to 136, in the year of his vicennalia and the last year of his final trip. Like many ‘travel’ coins of Hadrian, this issue harkens back to earlier voyages – in this case visits to Mauretania presumed to have occurred in 123 and 128. Though the latter visit may have been largely administrative, the first perhaps was dominated by an effort to put down a disturbance (the motus maurorum ) by the Mauri. The reverse shows Hadrian holding a scroll ( volumen ) and raising his right hand before a lighted and garlanded altar, over which the personification of Mauretania pours a libation. She wears an elephant-scalp headdress, holds a vexillum and is accompanied by an animal – perhaps a calf – which lowers its head in a submissive posture, as if ready for sacrifice. In some of the many variants of this scene the animal is seated at the base of the altar and/or Mauretania is shown without the elephant-scalp. Three other of Hadrian’s coin tyes reference Mauretania. One shows Mauretania, holding one or two javelins, standing in the foreground before a horse, which she holds by the bridle. Another shows Mauretania standing to the side of a horse, which she leads by the reins. A third, inscribed EXERCITVS MAVRETANICVS SC, shows Hadrian on horseback saluting a procession of soldiers, some of whom carry standards.

 

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