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90030085
Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 85. Estimate CHF40000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF50000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

EUBOIA, Euboian League. Circa 375-357 BC. Stater (Silver, 12.28 g 6). Cow lying to left, turning her head back to right to lick her left shoulder. Rev. ΕΥΒ Head of the nymph Euboia to right, wearing a ring-shaped earring and with her hair rolled. BCD 2 (this coin). McClean 5703 (same dies). Wallace 4 (dies III/2). Very rare. A superb piece, very sharply struck and with a wonderful freshness. Good extremely fine.


From the collections of ACPW and BCD, ex Lanz 111, 25 November 2002, 2.

The earliest coins of the Euboian League formed a small number of rare groups. The first series bore a cow, the canting badge of Euboia, on their obverse and the head of the eponymous nymph on the reverse. The second, and all later issues, removed the cow to the reverse and left the obverse to the nymph. This was surely due to the influence of other familiar coinages, especially that of Athens with its famous owl on the reverse.