Ancient Coins (27 September 2011)

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Date of Auction: 27th September 2011

Sold for £70,000

Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

Greek coinage, Islands off Thrace, Thasos, Gold Hemidrachm, c. 380, bearded head of Dionysos to left, wearing ivy wreath, rev. Herakles, wearing lion-skin headdress, kneeling to right, shooting arrow from bow; to right, K, 3.94g/2h (A. West, Fifth and Fourth Century Gold Coins from the Thracian Coast, ANS NNM 40, 1929, pl. 4, 30 var. [same obverse die, but reverse letter, Θ]). Of splendid classical style; perfectly struck and centred, sharp extremely fine with lustre £15,000-20,000

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Provenance: Hunt collection, Sotheby New York 4 December 1990, 33; Leu sale 33, 1983, 270; Leu 30, 1982, 64; Numismatic Fine Arts II, 1976, 96