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Dies of a Master Engraver

Triton XXI, Lot: 317. Estimate $30000.
Sold for $18000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LUCANIA, Metapontion. Circa 330-290 BC. AR Nomos (20mm, 7.92 g, 4h). Head of Demeter facing slightly right, wearing grain ear wreath, triple-pendant earrings, and necklace; tiny AΠ to lower right / Barley ear with leaf to right; META upward to left, facing bull’s head above leaf, AΘA below. Johnston Class C, 2.2; HN Italy 1584; SNG ANS 463–4; SNG Fitzwilliam 503; SNG München 992; Dewing 388 (all from the same dies). EF, attractive even gray tone with light golden hues around the devices, and underlying luster. Excellent metal and well struck from dies by the hand of a master engraver.

From the J. L. Gomer Collection. Ex Tkalec (28 October 1994), lot 24.