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Sale: Nomos 1, Lot: 13. Estimate CHF25000. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 5 May 2009. 
Sold For CHF20000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BRUTTIUM, Terina. Circa 460-440 BC. Stater (Silver, 8.00 g 1). ΤΕΡΣΝΑ Head of the nymph Terina to right, her hair bound with a fillet and tied up at the back Rev. ΝΣΚΑ (retrograde) Nike, wingless, standing right, holding olive branch in her right hand and placing her left on her hip; all within olive wreath. ACGC 707. HN III 2567. Holloway & Jenkins1. Kraay/Hirmer 272. Regling 1. Extremely rare, one of only three known specimens and the only example in private hands (the others are in Berlin and London). Lightly toned, a lovely coin of severe, early Classical style. A few minor marks, otherwise, good very fine.

From the collection of A. Moretti, Numismatica Ars Classica 33, 5 April 2006, 55.

Amazingly enough, despite its well-known coinage, the actual site of the ancient city of Terina seems still to be unknown; it was destroyed by Hannibal and apparently never reoccupied. The standing figure on the reverse can be compared with contemporary sculpture from Athens.