Auction 10  –  18 May 2015

Nomos, Auction 10

Greek, Roman and Byzantine Coins

Mo, 18.05.2015, from 4:00 PM CEST
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GREEK COINS Persis Baydād (Bagadat), governor, c. 280 BC. Tet­radrachm (Silver, 20mm, 16.30g 7), Persepolis. Dia­demed and bearded head of Baydād to right, with luxuriant mustache; wearing kyrbasia or satrapal hat, and pendant earring. Rev. bgdt prtrk’ZY ALHYA bgwrt pkh Fire Tem­ple; to left, Baydād standing right in attitude of prayer; to right, standard. Alram 515. Klose/Müseler 2/3. Very rare. Bright and very well struck in the usual strongly con­vex/concave manner. A few very minor marks and a hint of double striking on the obverse, otherwise , extremely fine. From the Sunrise Collection. Native Persian coinage began again in Iran late in the first quarter of the 3rd century as issues of the local ‘governors’ under Seleu­cid authority. Baydād (previously transcribed as Bagadat) was the first of those rulers to strike coins, including tetradrachms like this one as well as fractional issues (he also produced an ear­lier series showing him enthroned). What is both attractive and exciting about this coinage is its blending of truly Persian icono­graphy with Greek techniques.

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Price realized 14'000 CHF
Starting price 10'000 CHF
Estimate 12'500 CHF
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