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Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 181

THRACO-MACEDONIAN REGION, Siris. Circa 525-480 BC. AR Stater (20mm, 9.89 g).


Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I
Lot: 181.
 Estimated: $ 1 500

Greek, Silver

Sold For $ 2 250. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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THRACO-MACEDONIAN REGION, Siris. Circa 525-480 BC. AR Stater (20mm, 9.89 g). Ithyphallic satyr standing right, right hand grasping right wrist of nymph fleeing right, his left hand supporting her chin; three pellets around (only two visible) / Quadripartite incuse square, diagonally divided. Smith Group 6 (Lete); Peykov A0030 var. (no symbols); HPM pl. VIII, 8–9; AMNG III/2, 14 (Lete); HGC 3, 531 (‘Lete’); SNG ANS –; Rhousopoulos 877. Toned, edge marks from prior bezel. VF. Very rare Group 6 stater, only two examples noted by Smith.

Ex Berk BBS 199 (29 September 2016), lot 45; Berk BBS 196 (4 February 2016), lot 54; Prospero Collection (New York Sale XXVII, 4 January 2012), lot 258, purchased from Spink, 31 May 1984; A. Hess 251 (7 May 1981), lot 24; A. Hess 249 (13 November 1979), lot 139; Spink Numismatic Circular LXXXIV.3 (March 1976), no. 1720.

Smith considered Group 6 to be a transitional issue, where the figures developed into more lifelike forms, and the reverse punch was transformed from a rough, deep square with thin diagonal lines into a flat, shallow square with thick lines, which allowed the flans to spread into a more broad and flat form when struck. The subsequent, and much larger, Group 7 further developed the refinement of the figures, and the partitions of the reverse square changed from diagonal to rectilinear lines.

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.