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Heritage Auctions, Inc.   |   World Coins & Ancient Coins #3066   |   17 August 2018 Sort by Lot-NumberSort by Estimate
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Lot 30003

Estimate: 5'000 USD   |   Starting price: 2'500 USD Price realized: 6'000 USD
SICILY. Leontini. Ca. 450-420 BC. AR tetradrachm (25mm, 17.45 gm, 9h). NGC MS S 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Laureate head of Apollo left / LEO-N-TI-NON, lion's head left, with open jaws and tongue protruding, bay-leaf behind, three barley-corns around. Boehringer, Leontinoi 55 (same dies). Rizzo pl. XXIV, 4 (same dies). SNG ANS 257 (same dies). Obverse die break. Sharply struck from dies of lovely style with rainbow flashes on deep cabinet toning. The silver tetradrachms of Leontini show a notable progress of artistic styles throughout the fifth century, beginning with archaic depictions of a walking quadriga similar to issues of Sicily, to a highly stylized Apollo head of a "mannerist" style, to the final evolution seen with this beautiful issue of circa 435-430 BC, depicting Apollo in a highly refined and naturalistic form. Leontini's reliance on agriculture instead of sea trade is reflected on the barley corns surrounding the central lion on the reverse.HID05401242017

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