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Triton XXII, Lot: 61. Estimate $5000.
Sold for $8000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LUCANIA, Sybaris. Circa 550-510 BC. AR Nomos (31.5mm, 7.43 g, 12h). Bull standing left, head right; VM above / Incuse bull standing right, head left. S&S Class A, pl. XLVIII, 1–3; Gorini 3; HN Italy 1729; SNG ANS 817–27; Basel 167; Dewing 405; Kraay & Hirmer 212. EF, deeply toned, traces of find patina. Excellent metal.


From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex M. L. Collection of Coins of Magna Graecia and Sicily (Numismatica Ars Classica 82, 20 May 2015), lot 20; Sternberg XXIV (19 November 1990), lot 8; Sternberg XXI (14 November 1988), lot 15 (obverse illustrated on color plate A).

From the consignor: This Sybaris specimen boasts an extremely high relief strike for this series. Note the doubling visible on the reverse, particularly on the forepart of the bull. This multiple strike format is typical for this issue but it usually results in a shift on the obverse die, resulting in normal relief. Here the reverse die shift is significant, while the obverse die remains close to perfectly aligned. The end result is a coin of very high relief.