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Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I

Lot nuber 396

IONIA, Uncertain. Circa 600-550 BC. EL Stater (20.5mm, 13.45 g). Light Samian standard(?).


Triton XXIII – Session Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I
Lot: 396.
 Estimated: $ 30 000

Greek, Electrum

Sold For $ 27 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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IONIA, Uncertain. Circa 600-550 BC. EL Stater (20.5mm, 13.45 g). Light Samian standard(?). Rider on horse galloping left; below, hound running left / Two parallel incuse rectangles. Unpublished. Minor edge splits. Good VF. Unique.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection.

This exceptional and unique electrum stater is likely related to a group of obscure, and equally rare issues. These coins are all struck on flans weighing approximately 13.40 grams, and have the same two parallel rectangular incuses, which is canonical for electrum staters struck on the Samian standard. Staters on that standard, however, weigh approximately 17.40 grams, so these rare figural issues at 13.40 grams must represent a light version of the Samian standard. Other examples of this group feature a tortoise (Rosen 247 and Prospero 499), a boar (Rosen 248), and a shield (Adams I 89 = Linzalone LN1070), while an apparently non-figural type, featuring a rough square (Rosen 249), is also known.

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 Two – Greek Coinage Part II through Roman Imperial Coinage Part I will be held Tuesday afternoon, 14 January 2020 beginning at 2:00 PM 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.