Suessa Aurunca. Circa 265-240 BC. Didrachm (Silver, 21 mm, 7.24 g, 5 h). Laureate head of Apollo to right, with his hair long and flowing down his neck; behind, spear head upwards. Rev. SVESANO Dioscouros, wearing pileus and holding a palm branch tied with a fillet, riding to left with a second horse beside him. De Luynes 204 = SNG France 1154 (same dies). HN III 447. SNG ANS -. A wonderful piece, of the very best Hellenistic style, undoubtedly the finest coin of Suessa Aurunca known. Beautifully toned and perfectly struck. Good extremely fine.
From a Swiss collection, ex Nomos 1, 6 May 2009, 4, Numismatica Genevensis SA 4, 11 December 2006, 7, and Bank Leu 42, 12 May 1987, 137.Suessa was a Latin colony, founded in 313 and is now the modern Sessa. There are only a few ancient ruins to be seen there, in fact, the most important remains of the ancient city are its coins, which this is very probably the best known.
|Price realized||45'000 CHF|
|Starting price||30'000 CHF|