|CNG 90, Lot: 327. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $2300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.
Circa 400-325 BC. AR Nomos (20mm, 7.83 g, 4h). Head of Hera Lakinia facing slightly right, wearing necklace and stephane decorated with palmettes / Herakles Epitrapezios: Young Herakles, nude, holding cup, reclining left on lion skin draped over rock; quiver, bow, and club above, ME to left, uncertain letter and boukranion below. HN Italy 2163; SNG Lloyd 615 (same dies); Gulbenkian 130 (same dies). Good VF, toned, typical die break on obverse, reverse slightly off center. Very rare.
Ex Hagen Tronnier Collection (Künker 94, 27 September 2004), lot 208.
The type of Herakles Epitrapezios (lit. "Herakles at the table") shows the hero reclining in the midst of his labors, enjoying a relaxing cup of wine. Phyllis Lehmann, in Statues on coins of Southern Italy and Sicily in the classical period (New York: H. Bittner & Co., 1946), makes a connection between the coin type and a series of later statues in the manner of Lysippos, linking both to a common source, probably an earlier statue at the temple of Hera Lakinia at Kroton, one of the most prominent sanctuaries in Italy.