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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 15. Estimate CHF4500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF6000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Herbessos. 334-330 BC. Drachm (Bronze, 17.24 g 9). Laureate head of Sikelia to right Rev. Eagle standing right, head turned back to left with coiled snake in its beak. CNS 6. SNG ANS -. An exceptionally fine example with a lovely dark patina. Extremely fine.

From the Z collecttion, Switzerland.

The large bronze drachms that were produced in 4th century Sicily by a variety of small cities almost invariably reused the common drachms of Syracuse for their flans, and often their original designs can be seen below those of the newer types (as the tail of Pegasos, which waves before the head of Sikelia on this piece!)