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Sale: Nomos 6, Lot: 10. Estimate CHF32000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 7 May 2012. 
Sold For CHF36000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BRUTTIUM, Rhegion. Circa 415/0-387 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 17.25 g 12). Lion’s head facing. Rev. ΡΗΓΙΝΟΝ Laureate head of Apollo to right; behind, olive sprig. Herzfelder 81. HN III 2496. SNG ANS 657. Very rare. Well struck in high relief with a beautiful head of Apollo in the finest late 5th century style. Attractively toned and beautifully detailed. Minor trace of double striking on Apollo’s chin, otherwise, extremely fine.

Ex Triton IX, 10 January 2006, 681.

The late coinage of Rhegion is really very impressive in its compact monumentality, with flan-filling types that are very well designed, and very carefully made. The high relief of the lion’s head on the obverse is truly magnificent, while the head of Apollo is a perfect portrayal of an idealized young aristocrat; though the wildly curling hair above his forehead makes him a very individual one.