Ancient Coins (27 September 2011)

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Date of Auction: 27th September 2011

Sold for £28,000

Estimate: £10,000 - £15,000

Greek coinage, Sicily, Syracuse, gold 100 Litrai, c. 405-400, ΣΥΡΑΚ[ΟΣΙΩΝ], head of Arethusa left, wearing triple pendant earring and pearl necklace, hair confined by ampyx and sphendone ornamented with stars, wavy locks swept back over ampyx and above ear, eight-rayed star behind neck, rev. Young Heracles kneeling right on rocky ground, resting on right knee, left leg thrown forward, wrestling Nemean lion, 5.80g/4h (D. Berend, ‘Les monnayages d'or de Syracuse sous Denys I’, Atti del VIII Convegno del Centro Internazionale di Studi Numismatici (Naples, 1983), 38; SNG ANS 335). Extremely fine with lustre £10,000-15,000


Provenance: Spink-Gallery de Monnaies 10 October 1977, 110