Bertolami Fine Arts - ACR Auctions > E-Auction 236Auction date: 24 September 2022
Lot number: 337

Price realized: 20 EUR   (Approx. 20 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Arabia Felix, Himyarites & Sabaeans. 'Mdn Byn (Mid-late 1st century AD). AR Unit (13.5mm, 1.08g, 12h). Head r. within circular torque; symbol to l. R/ Head r.; 'sceptre' to r. Munro-Hay 3.4i, app. 1, pl. 4, 6.1; SNG ANS 1595-601. Near VF

Starting price: 10 EUR

Match 1:
Bertolami Fine Arts - ACR Auctions > E-Auction 236Auction date: 24 September 2022
Lot number: 845

Price realized: 320 EUR   (Approx. 314 USD)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Trajan (98-117). Æ Contorniate, late 4th century AD (38mm, 18.00g). Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r. R/ The athlete Filinus standing facing, head r., holding wreath and palm frond; to left, figure (Securitas?), standing facing, head r., holding sceptre and leaning on column to l.; to r., musician standing r., head l., playing long horn. Alföldi, Kontorniat 350. Very Rare, Fair

Starting price: 10 EUR

Match 2:
Numismatica Ars Classica > Auction 134Auction date: 21 November 2022
Lot number: 184

Price realized: 42,000 CHF   (Approx. 44,145 USD / 42,609 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Greek Coins. Leontini.
Tetradrachm of the Demareteion type circa 470, AR 16.92 g. Slow quadriga driven r. by charioteer holding kentron and reins; above Nike flying l. to crown him. In exergue, lion springing r. Rev. LEONTI – NO – N Laureate head of Apollo r.; hair plaited behind the neck. Around, three laurel leaves; below neck truncation, lion springing r. Rizzo pl. XXII, 15 (these dies). Randazzo 90 (this reverse die). Gulbenkian 210 (these dies). Kraay-Hirmer pl. 6, 18 (these dies). AMB 348 (these dies). Dewing 623 (this reverse die).
Very rare and among the finest specimens known of this important and intriguing
issue. A perfectly-centred portrait of excellent late Archaic style. Minor
areas of porosity on obverse, otherwise extremely fine

Ex NAC sale 10, 1997, 115. From an Exceptional Collection assembled between the early 70s and late 90s.
In the late eighth century BC, colonists were dispatched from Sicilian Naxos to found Leontini near Mount Aetna. Unfortunately, political discord that developed in the new city over the course of the seventh century BC resulted in the establishment of a tyranny in ca. 608 BC. A certain Panaetius ruled as the tyrant in Leontini-the first tyrant ever to seize power in a Sicilian city. His success had the dubious result of inspiring many others to try their hands at tyranny in their own cities. While tyrannies largely ceased as a viable form of government in mainland Greece in the fifth century BC, they lived on much longer in Sicily, where they did not die out until the third century BC and the rise of Rome. Despite hosting the original Sicilian Greek tyranny, in the fifth century BC Leontini found itself under the domination of a series of foreign tyrants. In 496/5 BC, the city was conquered by Hippocrates, the tyrant of Gela, and in 476 BC, fell to Hieron I as the first tyrant of Syracuse. As part of his policy of population redistribution, the Syracusan tyrant emptied the cities of Naxos and Catana of their inhabitants and forcibly resettled them all at Leontini. Despite the obvious burdens that this must have placed on their city, the Leontines hosted their dispossessed fellow Chalcidian Greeks until 467 BC, when the death of Hieron I finally made it possible for the Naxians and Catanians to return to their original homes and Leontini again became an autonomous city free from Syracusan control. This beautiful tetradrachm was struck at Leontini during the period of Syracusan domination and may very well have been produced in connection with the expenses related to housing and feeding the refugees from Catana and Naxos. Perhaps not surprisingly, the types echo those used at Syracuse in the early fifth century BC. The slow quadriga is drawn directly from Syracusan tetradrachms struck under Hieron I while the head of Apollo is modelled on the Arethusa type of Syracuse. Just as the head of Arethusa is regularly encircled by four dolphins, here the head of Apollo is encircled by three laurel leaves. A lion (leon in Greek) has also been added to both the obverse and reverse to serve as a punning badge of the city and to visually advertise the identity of the issuing authority.


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Estimate: 30000 CHF

Match 3:
Numismatica Ars Classica > Auction 133Auction date: 21 November 2022
Lot number: 47

Price realized: 17,000 CHF   (Approx. 17,868 USD / 17,247 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Greek Coins. Aenus.
Tetradrachm circa 469/8-467/6, AR 16.13 g. Head of Hermes r., wearing causia with pelleted rim. Rev. AINI Goat standing r.; in lower r. field, bee r. All within incuse square. SNG Lockett 1155 (this coin). May, Ainos 13 (this coin listed).
A very rare variety of a rare type. A portrait of elegant style struck in high relief
and a lovely old cabinet tone. Surface somewhat porous on obverse,
otherwise good very fine / about extremely fine

Ex Naville 1, 1921, Pozzi, 1014; Glendining 12 February 1958, Lockett part VI, 1071 and NAC 10, 1997, 208 sales. Fromthe Salvesen collection.
Aenus was the principal Greek settlement of eastern Thrace located along the eastern bank of the river Hebrus. The city only began striking coinage late, sometime around 474 B.C. in the aftermath of Xerxes' failed invasion of Greece and subsequent withdrawal from the region. The first tetradrachm issues were struck on a standard of three Persian sigloi, certainly due to the fact that Aenus lay within the recently-occupied Persian regions of Thrace but also in part due to the city's proximity to Asia Minor where the Persian standard was widely in use. Without the constraining tradition of an established coinage depicting archaic coin-types such as existed elsewhere in the region, Aenus was free to experiment, and its first artist commissioned to engrave dies for the city's coinage made unparalleled use of this freedom. On the obverse, he placed the head of the city's patron deity, Hermes, in profile, depicting the god wearing the felt cap or petasos, and on the reverse he placed the god's caduceus surrounded by the city's name within an incuse square. The nearest parallel to this obverse was the head of Athena on the coinage of Athens, but the quality of the work at Aenus is far superior to most contemporary designs from Athens. After this short-lived initial issue of tetradrachms, the caduceus of the reverse was replaced by a goat, a reference to Hermes' role as the divine goatherd, and this type would continue for all subsequent issues of tetradrachms from the city. In addition to the goat, the field usually contained a symbol to identify each particular issue of tetradrachms, such as the bee on the reverse of the coin offered here. After two-and-a-half decades of uninterrupted production, and as elsewhere at a number of other mints, sometime shortly after 450 B.C. coinage at Aenus ceased to be struck for a period of about fifteen years. This interruption has been attributed to the Athenian Coinage Decree, which imposed Athenian silver coinage, weights and measures on all of its allies. From c. 435 B.C. until the end of the Peloponnesian War, Aenus struck tetradrachms only sporadically. The end of the fifth century saw fundamental changes in both weight and design: the old Persian standard was replaced by the Chian of about 15.5 g, and which was in use by many of Athens' enemies. At the same time, the profile head of the city's patron deity was changed to a facing portrait, following the precedent set by Kimon in Syracuse and that had become fashionable at other mints, such as Amphipolis, Klazomenai and Rhodes.


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Estimate: 10000 CHF