Leu Numismatik
Leu Numismatik, Auction 6

The Kleinkunst Collection – A highly important collection of 300 Greek coins

Fr, 23.10.2020, from 04:00 PM CEST
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DYNASTS OF LYCIA. Uncertain dynast, circa 480 BC. Stater (Silver, 24 mm, 9.38 g, 7 h). Ketos to left on raised round shield. Rev. Ketos to left within dotted square within incuse square. Müseler II, 25 ( same dies ) and 26 note ( this coin cited ). Rosen 708 ( same dies ). Extremely rare and in exceptional condition for the issue. Beautifully toned, sharply struck and very attractive. A few minor die breaks and with a small test cut on the reverse, otherwise, about extremely fine.

From the Kleinkunst Collection, ex Leu 57, 25 May 1993, 117 and Hess-Leu 49, 27 April 1971, 233.

Similar Ketoi appear on the electrum coinage of Kyzikos (Von Fritze I, 52) and on silver coins from Halikarnassos (Roma E-Sale 35 (2017), 279, misattributed to Kindya). Given the role of the Kyzikean electrum series as a leading international trade currency, it is likely that the motive originated from the Kyzikean stater and was subsequently copied in Caria and Lycia.

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Price realized 17'000 CHF
Starting price 4'000 CHF
Estimate 5'000 CHF
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