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Lot 21

Estimate: -   |   Starting price: 125'000 CHF Price realized: 210'000 CHF
GREEK COINS FROM THE ABOU TAAM FAMILY COLLECTION. THRACE. ABDERA. Stater, about 365-361 BC. AR 12.40 g. Griffin with curved wings leaping l. from ground. Rev. EΠ API - ΣT/AΓ - O-PEΩ Youthful Dionysos, wearing himation, nude to waist, seated l. on the back of a panther standing r., holding transverse thyrsus with his l. hand, cantharus in his outstretched r. hand; all within shallow incuse square. May, Abdera 236,398 (this specimen, illustrated on p. 237, fig. 2); Chryssanthaki, Abdère p. 122; Lorber, Amphipolis / Appendix 3,178a.
Of the highest rarity, probably the second specimen known. Beautiful classical style
with an outstanding reverse design. Marvellous old cabinet toning. Extremely fine
Prof. C. Severeanu collection.
Ch. Gillet ("Kunstfreund") collection.
Auction Münzen und Medaillen AG, Basle - Bank Leu AG, Zurich 28 May 1974,132
Auction Sothebys, London 5 July 1995,38.

See also: Dionysus – The God of Ecstasy

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