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Sale: Nomos 10, Lot: 7. Estimate CHF2250. 
Closing Date: Sunday, 17 May 2015. 
Sold For CHF2800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

SICILY, Leontini. c. 430-425 BC. Tetradrachm (Silver, 24mm, 17.06 g 3), by the �Maestro della foglia�. Laureate head of Apollo to left. Rev. Head of a lion with open jaws to left; around, three barley grains and, behind the head, a laurel leaf. Basel 353. Boehringer, M�nzgeschichte 55. Rizzo pl. XXIV, 4. SNG ANS 257. An attractive toned example. With the usual die fault behind the eye on the obverse and a minor scrape in the hair, otherwise, extremely fine.

From an American collection, ex Classical Numismatic Group 78, 14 May 2008, 2009.

This coin was struck from a particularly elegant pair of dies that were engraved by an artist termed, after Rizzo, the �maestro della foglia� because of the leaf that appears as part of the design. He worked at Leontinoi and at Katane, and was exceptionally gifted.