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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 14. Estimate CHF45000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF36000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Akragas. Circa 460-450/46 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 17.32 g 9). ΑΚΡΑC - ΑΝΤΟC (partially retrograde) Eagle standing left with closed wings. Rev. Crab; below, lotos flower on double spiral vine; all within a shallow circular incuse. Randazzo 15. Rizzo pl. I,11-12. SNG ANS 981. SNG Ashmolean 1671. A rare variety. A superb and sharp example of remarkable beauty. Some very minor corrosion on the obverse at the bottom, otherwise, good extremely fine.

From a Swiss private collection..

Most of the earl tetradrachms of Akragas, as those in preceding lots, bear no symbol and the space beneath the crab is empty. This piece has a lotos and tendrils and is, thus, very rare.