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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 33. Estimate CHF20000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF17000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Syracuse. Timoleon and the Third Democracy. 344-317 BC. Dilitron (Bronze, 20.33 g). ΖΕΥΣ ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΟΣ Laureate head of Zeus to left, with flowing locks. Rev. ΣΥΡΑΚΟΣΙΩΝ Horse prancing left. AMB 499 (this coin). CNS 80. SNG Morcom 717. SNG ANS 533. A superb piece with a magnificent green patina, probably the finest known example . Good extremely fine.

From the collections of APCW and of A. Moretti, Numismatica Ars Classica 13, 8 October 1998, 499 and previously displayed at the Antiken Museum in Basel..

This is not merely one of the finest known Syracusan bronzes, it is one of the best known Greek bronze coins. This is a bronze that even a great connoisseur like Du Chastel would have kept: out of his famous collection of 306 Greek coins, now in Bruxelles, there were only four in bronze, each probably the finest known of its type.