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Sale: Nomos 5, Lot: 134. Estimate CHF750. 
Closing Date: Monday, 24 October 2011. 
Sold For CHF700. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

MACEDON, Akanthos. Circa 470-390 BC. Tetrobol (Silver, 2.30 g). Forepart of bull to left, head turned back to right; above, swastika left and olive leaf and berry to right. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. SNG ANS 37. A rare variant. Nicely toned and in high relief. Extremely fine.

From a European collection, bought in the 1980s.

The swastika was an ancient solar symbol that is found in cultures all over the world. It is interesting that it is here combined with an olive twig.