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Sale: Nomos 3 & 4, Lot: 110. Estimate CHF200000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 9 May 2011. 
Sold For CHF210000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MYSIA, Lampsakos. Circa 394-350 BC. Stater (Gold, 8.45 g 4). Head of the hunter Actaeon to left, with stag’s horn above his forehead Rev. Forepart of Pegsos to left. Baldwin, Lampsakos 33b-c, pl. III, 15-16 (same obverse die). Gulbenkian 694. SNG France1145. . Extremely rare. A spectacular coin of great beauty. Minor marks on the reverse, otherwise, good extremely fine.

From the Mieza collection, USA, ex Gemini IV, 8 January 2008, 149.

Actaeon was a famous hunter who learnt his skills from the centaur Chiron. It seems that one day he accidentally came upon Artemis bathing: she was so angered by him seeing her naked that she transformed him into a stag and he was set upon and torn to pieces by his own hunting dogs. Her we see the start of the transformation process, with the horn just coming out of his head.