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Sale: Nomos 9, Lot: 52. Estimate CHF12500. 
Closing Date: Monday, 20 October 2014. 
Sold For CHF15000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Messana. 425-421 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24mm, 17.35 g 12). The nymph Messana, wearing a long chiton and holding the reins in both hands, driving a biga of mules walking to right; above, Nike hovering to right above the reins and holding a wreath to crown the mules; in exergue, olive leaf and two berries. Rev. ΜΕΣΣΑΝΙΟΝ Hare springing to right; below, dolphin swimming right. Caltabiano 488. Rizzo pl. XXVI, 5 (same reverse die). SNG Hunterian 10 (same dies). SNG Munich 650 (same dies). A well-nigh perfect piece, very well struck, sharp and very nicely toned. Virtually as struck.

From the Escalade Collection, Switzerland.