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11000090
Triton XXII, Lot: 90. Estimate $2000.
Sold for $2250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Circa 425-350 BC. AR Nomos (19.5mm, 7.87 g, 7h). Eagle standing left on Ionic capital; (koppa)POT above / Tripod, legs surmounted by wreaths and terminating in lion's feet; barley grain to left, (koppa)POT to right, tiny E in exergue. Attianese 105 var. (control in exergue); HN Italy 2141 var. (same); SNG ANS 336; SNG Gale 1067; Bement 281 (same obv. die); Pozzi (Boutin) 744 (same dies). Good VF, deeply toned, some die wear and a little off center on obverse.


From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex Waddell inventory 50129 (ND); Sternberg XXXI (27 October 1996), lot 306.

From the consignor: As Kroton closed out the final phase of incuse coinage, the city began a new “raised detail” design with a series of silver nomoi that showed an eagle in varying poses. Several of these depictions are represented on this and the following three lots. All are extremely artistic, with the eagle portrayed in often dramatic positions. With this transition the tripod, for the first time, is engraved in a three-dimensional view. This early full-relief coinage can be viewed as the peak period of artistry for Kroton.