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Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 180

THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Derrones. Epi–. Circa 475/0-465 BC. AR Dodekadrachm(?) (26mm, 34.71 g).


Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I
Lot: 180.
 Estimated: $ 10 000

Greek, Silver

Sold For $ 25 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Derrones. Epi–. Circa 475/0-465 BC. AR Dodekadrachm(?) (26mm, 34.71 g). Driver, holding goad in right hand, reins in left, driving ox cart right; above, crested Corinthian helmet right; Ǝ above, Π below, I to right / Clockwise triskeles within shallow incuse circle. CNG 85, lot 264; Freeman & Sear 14, 124; Gemini XI, lot 17; Gemini III, 84; Helios 3, 31; Rauch 85, 147 (all from the same obv. die). Typical crude strike, bright surfaces. EF. Very rare with these letters on the obverse, one of only seven known.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Gemini XIV (18 April 2018), lot 105 (hammer $14,000).

The context and meaning of the Derrones' ox cart type dodekadrachms are still being debated. Little is known of this tribe other than what can be gleaned from their surviving coinage. Hoard find-spots suggest that they inhabited inland Paeonia, and the absence of these coins from the Asyut hoard suggests that they postdate the burial of that hoard (c. 475-470 BC). The obverse type depicts a male figure who is most likely the tribal king and hereditary high priest while the helmet suggests a military reference. Some rare dodekadrachms have letters on their obverse, as here, which are thought to be the names of tribal chiefs. It should be noted that the denomination of this issue is traditionally called a dodekadrachm, which would be around 44.25 grams on the Heavy Thraco-Macedonian standard, but the weights of published examples vary widely, from 30 to 42 grams, with most falling between 37 and 40 grams.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I will be held Tuesday morning, 14 January 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.