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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 29. Estimate CHF3000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF4000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Rome. c.1550. Medal (Bronze, 44mm, 58 g 6), on queen Dido of Carthage, an early, if not contemporary, cast by A. Cesati (d. after c. 1564). ΔΙΔΩ ΒΑΣΙΛΙΣΣΑ Draped bust of Dido to right, wearing jeweled hair band and olive wreath. Rev. ΚΑΡΧΗΔΩΝ View of the walled city of Carthage with temples, pylons, palaces and an amphitheater; below, galleys. Attwood 942. Kress 368 = NG 419. A very fine early cast with excellent details and a lovely golden-brown patina. Nearly extremely fine.

Ex Rauch 84, 13 may 2009, 2564.

This medal shows us an imaginary view of Carthage, similar in its complexity but different in all details from the equally imaginary view of Troy in the previous lot.