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Sale: Nomos 1, Lot: 11. Estimate CHF15000. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2009. 
Sold For CHF24000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BRUTTIUM, Rhegion. Circa 420-415/0 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 17.18 g 19), signed by the engraver Kratesippos on the reverse. Lion’s head seen from above and to the front Rev. ΡΗΓΙΝΟΣ Laureate head of Apollo to right; behind, olive sprig; below chin in two lines of small letters, ΚΡΑΤΕΣΙΠΠΟ. Herzfelder 63. HN III 2494. Jameson 460. SNG Lloyd 696. SNG Lockett 657. An attractive coin, well-centered and sharply struck. Surfaces slightly matte as found, otherwise, extremely fine.

Ex Triton V, 15 January 2002, 1142.

This is the only die of Rhegion with an engraver’s signature and it is the prototype for all the later Apollo heads that appear on the city’s coinage. This head shows the sober and restrained look favored by 5th century artists - within a few years Apollo’s hair grew longer and more unrestrained, as on the coinage of Olynthos and on the lovely late 4th century tetradrachms of Rhegion itself.