BOEOTIA, Thebes. Circa 440-425 BC.
|Sale: Nomos 2, Lot: 73. Estimate CHF95000.
Closing Date: Monday, 17 May 2010.
Sold For CHF82500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Stater (Silver, 12.23 g). Boeotian shield. Rev.
ΘΕ Head of Herakles facing, bearded and wearing lion skin headdress; all within incuse square. BCD Boiotia 422 (same dies
). SNG Copenhagen 281. Traité III 234 and pl. CC, 3. Very rare. A superb piece, very well centered, perhaps the finest known. Lightly toned and, extremely fine.
This is unquestionably one of the most startling heads of Herakles ever to appear on a coin: the full frontal view is unusual but the staring, eerie expression makes it clear that we are facing a god and not a mortal.