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CNG 109, Lot: 49. Estimate $3000.
Sold for $2100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Circa 300 BC. AR Nomos (21.5mm, 7.21 g, 8h). Head of Apollo right, wearing laurel wreath / Tripod with high neck surmounted by wreath, legs terminating in lion’s feet; KPO to left, filleted laurel branch to right. Attianese 144 var. (orientation of ethnic); HN Italy 2177; SNG ANS 400 (same dies); SNG Gale 1097 (same rev. die). Good VF, attractive gray tone with slight iridescence around the devices, slightly off center on reverse.

From the Gasvoda Collection. Ex M. L. Collection of Coins of Magna Graecia and Sicily (Numismatica Ars Classica 82, 20 May 2015), lot 31; Sternberg XXIV (19 November 1990), lot 10.

From the consignor: Late in the 4th century BC Kroton switched to the head of Apollo on the obverse, which seems rather logical since the tripod design related to Apollo since the beginning of the city’s coinage. A great variety of “Apollo heads” would appear on this series of coinage and all are quite collectible.