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Triton XXII, Lot: 83. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $1550. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Circa 530-500 BC. AR Nomos (25.5mm, 7.84 g, 11h). Spread incuse type. Tripod, legs surmounted by wreaths and terminating in lion's feet, set on basis of three lines, the center dotted; retrograde (koppa)-P-O clockwise around from right, with heron standing right on the O / Incuse tripod as obverse, but wreaths in relief. Gorini 9; Attianese 17; HN Italy 2082; SNG ANS 252 (same obv. die); SNG Ashmolean 1465; SNG Gale 1024; McClean 1651. Near EF, toned, small area of flat strike on obverse. Rare.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex G. Hirsch 293 (25 September 2013), lot 2055; Sternberg XXII (20 November 1989), lot 27.

From the consignor: The legend is retrograde and disbursed around the tripod: the initial letter koppa is in the right field, the retorgrade P is found in the exergue, and the O is in the left field, upon which the heron stands. This is a very unusual legend layout for the entire Kroton coinage. Before 300 BC, the koppa would be replaced with the more familiar K.