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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 93. Estimate CHF40000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF120000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CORINTHIA, Corinth. Circa 550-500 BC. Stater (Silver, 8.61 g). Pegasos, with curved wing, flying to left; below, koppa. Rev. Incuse in the form of a swastika to left. BCD Corinth 3 (this coin. Ravel - (P-/T 54). Very rare and remarkably attractive, perfectly centered and one of the best known examples of the type. Good extremely fine.

From the collections of APCW and BCD, Lanz 105, 26 November 2001, 3.

This is one of the finest archaic Corinthian staters known. Instead of walking, as on the earliest examples of this type, Pegasos is clearly flying here since all his hooves are diagonal and not flat on the ground. The swastika patterned incuse on the reverse is actually a very ancient solar symbol, found in many parts of the world, and has no political meaning.