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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 108. Estimate CHF35000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF40000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Circa 500-480 BC. Stater (Silver, 7.96 g 12), an alliance issue with Temesa, circa 500. ϘΡΟ Tripod with legs ending in lion’s feet, and with three handles and snakes rising from the bowl; cable border. Rev. Crestless Corinthian helmet to left, incuse; rayed border. Basel 204. HN III 2096. Kraay, ACGC, 618. Extremely rare. Toned and well-struck. Good very fine.


From a New York Collection.

While the author of HN III does not consider this coin to be an alliance issue (and says nothing about the later double reverse type - HN III 2122-2124) this seems unlikely. The appearance of such an unusual type - and the fact that the letters ΤΕ are on the obverses of the later staters - makes it sure that we are dealing with a special issue, unlike the widespread eagle reverse pieces.