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Ex Moretti and Pennisi Collections – Cahn and Rizzo Plate Coin

Triton XV, Lot: 1056. Estimate $30000.
Sold for $130000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Naxos. Circa 415-403 BC. AR Hemidrachm (14mm, 2.10 g, 8h). Horned head of river god Assinos left, wearing ivy wreath; AΣΣINO-Σ around / Silenos, nude and ithyphallic, squatting facing half-right, head left, on rocks, holding kantharos in right hand and two pipes in left; NAΞI-ΩN around. Cahn 115.6 (V73A/R93) = Basel 387 = Rizzo pl. XXVIII, 22 (enlarged on pl. XXX, 5) = E. Boehringer, “Salvatore Pennisi Barone di Floristella † 26. Juni 1931” in ZfN 42 (1935), pl. XI, 9 (this coin); Campana 23 (this coin illustrated); SNG ANS 528; SNG Lloyd 1160; SNG München 764; SNG Delepierre 595; BMC 23; Jameson 638; Hunterian 11; McClean 2476 (all from the same dies). Superb EF, beautiful old cabinet toning. Of the finest style.

Ex Numismatica Ars Classica 21 (17 May 2001), lot 104; Athos D. Moretti Collection (Numismatica Ars Classica 13, 8 October 1998), lot 387; Salvatore Pennisi Collection.