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CNG Feature Auction 117

Lot nuber 86

MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Circa 349 BC. AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 14.21 g, 12h). Olynthos mint; Eudorida(s), magistrate.


CNG Feature Auction 117
Lot: 86.

Closing Date: May 20 2021 11:00 ET

Greek, Silver

Estimate: $ 15 000

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MACEDON, Chalkidian League. Circa 349 BC. AR Tetradrachm (25mm, 14.21 g, 12h). Olynthos mint; Eudorida(s), magistrate. Head of Apollo right, wearing laurel wreath / Kithara; X-A-Λ-KIΔ-EΩN around, EΠI EYΔΩPIΔA in small letters below. Robinson & Clement Group W, 137 (A84/P114); HGC 3, 500; SNG ANS 51 (same dies); SNG Lockett 1315 (same dies). Toned, a hint of granularity, light mark on obverse, minor flan flaws on reverse. EF. Extremely rare tetradrachm of Eudoridas, only three noted by R&C (the “commerce” piece is now in the ANS), and only this example in CoinArchives.

Ex Gasvoda Collection (Triton XXII, 9 January 2019), lot 181; Waddell FPL 72 (1997), no. 32.

The Chalkidice is a three-fingered spit of land extending from eastern Macedon into the Aegean Sea. Wary of Athenian imperialism and the rising power of the Macedonian Kingdom, the free cities of the Chalkidice banded together in 432 BC to form a defensive coalition called the Chalkidian League, with its capital of Olynthos. The silver coinage struck at Olynthos was on the Macedonian standard, somewhat lighter than the Attic standard employed by most of Greece, and was legal tender at all cities belonging to the league. The standard design featured a head of Apollo, god of beauty, art and music, with a type of lyre called a kithara on the reverse. The heads of Apollo on these pieces are remarkable for the strength and beauty of their style. Some of the most beautiful dies in the series were produced in the mid-300s BC, of which an outstanding example is seen here. Eudoridas is one of the few magistrates named on Chalkidian League gold coins. In fact, his staters are known from two reverse dies, while only one die is known for his tetradrachms.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 117 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 May 2021. This lot is in Session 1, which begins 19 May 2021 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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