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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 104. Estimate CHF4500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF3800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

CALABRIA, Tarentum. Circa 480-470 BC. Nomos (Silver, 8.02 g). ΤΑRΑϞ (retrograde Phalanthos, nude, riding dolphin to left, both arms outstretched; below, open cockle. Rev. Wheel of four spokes with dolphin swimming left in one quarter. Fischer-Bossert 90 (V48/R59). HN III 833. SNG ANS 1234 (same dies). SNG Copenhagen 770 (same dies). Vlasto 93 (same dies). Very rare, the cockle symbol is only known from this die. Good very fine.

Ex Classical Numismatic Group 72, 14 June 2006, 69.

The way Phalanthos holds out his arms is very naturalistic: he looks like he is balancing himself on the back of his dolphin!