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Den fantastiska Prosperosamlingen med grekiska mynt såldes den 4:e denna månad. Mynt från hela den antika grekiska världen, alla i otrolig kvalité såldes genom Baldwin. Samlingen klubbades för omkring 25 miljoner dollar. Dyrgripen blev myntet som avbildas på katalogens omslag – en guld stater från Pantikapaion avbildande ett satyrhuvud. Satyren gick för 3 250 000 dollar (+prov). Man kan bara tänka sig stämningen på Waldorf Astoria när mynt efter mynt klubbas för 4 eller 5 gånger utropet. Stark marknad för bättre grekiska mynt med andra ord.

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Campania, Neapolis (c. 350-325 B.C.), Silver Didrachm, 7.63g. Head of nymph facing to right, her hair bound with a broad band decorated with a meander pattern. Rev. [NE]OΠOΛITH[Σ], man-headed bull standing to right, Nike flies to right above, crowning the bull (Sambon 363 (this coin); SNG ANS 293 (these dies); HN Italy 565). Struck from dies of the finest style, excellent metal, extremely fine, one of the finest known examples and a superb piece of ancient art.

This coin illustrated in A. Sambon, Les Monnaies Antiques de L’Italie, Paris, 1903, pl. III 363. Ex Franz von Wotoch Collection (Sambon & Canessa, 11 December 1901). Ex Collection de Feue la Comtesse de Béhague, Vinchon, Paris, 14 April 1984, lot 3.

Bruttium, Kaulonia (c. 525-500 B.C.), Silver Incuse Stater, 8.24g. KAVΛ, Apollo advancing to right, holding a branch in his raised right hand and a small daimon, running to right, in his extended left hand, a stag standing to right on right, with its head turned back. Rev. The same type, incuse, but without the legend and with only a raised outline of the daimon (Noe, Caulonia, Group A, 8 (these dies); SNG ANS 145 (these dies); HN Italy 2035). A well-struck example, attractively toned, nearly extremely fine.

Sicily, Syracuse (second Democracy, 466-405 B.C.), Silver Tetradrachm, 17.29g. Reverse die signed by Parme(nides). Struck c. 415-405 B.C. Charioteer wearing long chiton and holding a kentron and reins, driving fast quadriga left, Nike flies to right above to crown the charioteer, grain ear (only partially visible) in the exergue. Rev. ΣYPAKOΣIΩN, head of Arethusa facing to left, her hair in sakkos, she wears a triple-pendant earring and necklace, three dolphins swimming around, Π and signature ΠAPME below (Tudeer 77 (V27/R49); SNG ANS 287 (these dies); SNG Lockett 976 (these dies); SNG Ashmolean 2003 (these dies); Jameson 836 (these dies); Basel 472 (these dies); Boston 416 (these dies); Rizzo pl. LXVII, 21 (these dies)). Obverse die a little worn, superb old cabinet tone, beautiful style, the work of a master artist, good very fine.

Ex Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection, Sotheby’s New York, 4 December 1990, lot 23

Mysia, Kyzikos (c. 475-410 B.C.), Electrum Stater, 16.03g. The Earth (Gaia) rising-up out of the ground, wearing a chiton, and holding-out the infant Erichthonios, a tunny below. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square of mill-sail pattern (W. Greenwell, NC 1887, 31, pl. II, 8; Von Fritze, Nomisma VII, 157, pl. V, 5; BMC 65, pl. VI, 11; Boston 1500). Good very fine, very rare and a fascinating mythological type.

The myth depicted on this fascinating coin is that of the handing-over of Erichthonius by Gaia to Athena. Erichthonius was born of Gaia and, after being entrusted to Athena, was given to Agraulos, Herse and Pondrosos, the daughters of Kekrops, the first king of Athens. When they saw Erichthonius, his anguipedic apperance shocked them to such an extent that they hurled themselves from the Acropolis, leaving him to become king of Athens after the death of Kekrops and to found a new dynasty. Greenwell (p. 63) assumes that the representation is probably taken from an original in marble.