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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 1131. Estimate $25000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $25000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Circa 420 BC. AR Nomos (7.73 gm). [OIKI]STAS right, Herakles left seated on rock, draped with a lion's skin, holding branch in right hand, club in left; an altar before him, bow and bowcase behind, two fish in exergue / [KPOTON] in exergue, tripod, legs terminating in lion's feet, tied with a fillet; to the left, Apollo Pythios taking aim at a coiled python to the right. SNG Lloyd 610 (same dies); Jameson 429 (same dies); Kraay-Hirmer 267 (same dies). Toned EF, choice flan, beautifully engraved dies in the finest classical style. A true work of art! ($25,000)

From the William N. Rudman Collection. Ex Leu Numismatics Auction 81 (16 May 2001), lot 34; Charles Gillet Collection; Vicomte de Sartiges Collection, 67.

The obverse inscription of this astonishing coin refers to Herakles as the oikistes, or founder, of the city, the elaborate composition of which is undoubtedly based on a statue.