Roma Numismatics Ltd > E-Sale 103Auction date: 24 November 2022
Lot number: 434

Price realized: 260 GBP   (Approx. 316 USD / 303 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Thrace, uncertain mint (Thasos?) Æ 13mm. Circa 350-200 BC. Male head to right / Herakles kneeling to right, holding bow and club over shoulder(?); bunch of grapes to right, ΘAΣ(?) upwards to left; all within linear square border; ΘY.. (sic) above. Unpublished in the standard references; Nomos AG, Obolos 16, 645 (attributed to Macedonian mint of Oisyme, hammer: CHF 1,000). 1.87g, 13mm, 12h.

Near Very Fine. Extremely Rare; only one other example on CoinArchives.

From the J. Greiff Collection, assembled prior to 1998.

Another example of this extremely rare type was sold by Nomos AG in 2020. There it was attributed to Oisyme and the obverse described as a helmeted head of Athena. Whilst such a type exists for Oisyme (Head, HN, p. 892 and Picard, Monnayage, fig. 1-2), this issue clearly depicts someone other than Athena on the obverse. Both issues represent Herakles kneeling to right and holding a bow on the reverse however there are significant differences between the two. The ethnic on the coins Oisyme is positioned upwards in the left field and there are no symbols or additional embellishments. On this issue, Herakles is depicted within a linear square with a bunch of grapes by his knee. The position of the symbol and the linear square are both typical of the coinage of Thasos (see HGC 6, 342-5 and 353-7). There are faint traces of what might be an abbreviated form of the ethnic for Thasos within the linear square although this is unclear on both specimens - the clearest evidence for this is what appears to be a Σ within the left field of the square on the Nomos specimen. There are clearly letters above the linear square although only one or two are visible (ΘY/ΘA.. or OI..?). It may not be possible to securely attribute this issue until further specimens come to light.

Estimate: 50 GBP