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Lot 27





Estimate: -   |   Starting price: 50'000 CHF Price realized: 75'000 CHF
GREEK COINS FROM THE ABOU TAAM FAMILY COLLECTION. NORTHERN GREECE. UNCERTAIN MINT. Hemistater (?), early 5th c. BC. AR 5.97 g. Cow with suckling calf standing l. on dotted ground-line, r. foreleg raised, head turned r. towards calf. Rev. Head l., incuse, of a Nubian with curled hair and dotted neck truncation. Cf. Auction GEMINI Numismatic Auctions LLC, New York IV (2008),195 (these dies).
Of the highest rarity, probably the second known specimen.
Enigmatic issue of great interest. Toned. Extremely fine
Provenance:
Auction Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG, Zurich 52 (2009),177.
The minting place of this very enigmatic issue or even the area of its origin cant be determined with certainty. The subject of the obverse reminds vaguely the early staters of Corcyra, but there the cow is licking the calf (see Kraay, ACGC pl. 24,446 ss.). A closer parallel, still for the obv., is to be found in the group of staters presented by Svoronos, Hell. pl. VIII, 3 ss.
(p. 138/139) and attributed to the Bottiaei, see also SNG ANS 923 ss. These issues show on the rev. an incuse square, diagonally divided. There is so far no close parallel for the incuse head of a black on the rev. of the present coin.

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