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Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 324

TROAS, Dardanos. Late 6th-early 5th centuries BC. EL Stater (19.5mm, 14.01 g).

Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I
Lot: 324.
 Estimated: $ 5 000

Greek, Electrum

Sold For $ 22 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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TROAS, Dardanos. Late 6th-early 5th centuries BC. EL Stater (19.5mm, 14.01 g). Cock stepping right; palmette above / Quadripartite incuse square. BMC Ionia p. 8, 34 (same dies); Boston MFA 1810 = Warren 1738 (same obv. die); Gillet 1120 = Kunstfreund 4 (same obv. die); Gulbenkian 727 (same obv. die); Jameson 1640; Kraay & Hirmer 690 = Regling, Antike 153 (same obv. die); Rosen 535 = Elektron II 89 = Rosen Sale 251 (this coin); Traité I 337–8. Lightly toned, some die rust and a little off center on obverse. VF. Very rare.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Sammlung Elektron (Part II, Münzen und Medaillen GmbH 10, 22 March 2002), lot 89; Jonathan P. Rosen Collection (Münzen und Medaillen 72, 6 October 1987), lot 251; Leu 13 (29 April 1975), lot 210.

This coin appears to belong to a diverse series of electrum staters struck on the Milesian standard that Kraay (ACGC p. 30), and others, have tentatively attributed to the period of the Ionian Revolt. Although none have ethnics, the obverses of many of the coins are of types that are common to various cities that were involved in the revolt. Kraay notes the significant problem with the theory is that there are none of these coins that feature a type that would be attributable to Miletos, the city that led the revolt, but he proposed that it was possible that the entire series was struck there, as a centralized mint. Thus the types could either represent the cities that contributed resources to the revolt or successive Milesian officials who oversaw the coinage production. If the obverse type does represent the city, this issue would most likely belong to Dardanos, whose coinage typically featured a cock as it appears on this issue.

The final winners of all Triton XXIII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 14-15 January 2020. Triton XXIII – Session One – Greek Coinage Part I will be held Tuesday morning, 14 January 2020 beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and in person at the public auction, 22.50% for all others.