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Triton XXVII

Lot nuber 37

SICILY, Himera. Circa 530-520/15 BC. AR Drachm (22mm, 5.30 g). EF.

Triton XXVII
Lot: 37.
 Estimated: $ 1 000

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 1 050. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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SICILY, Himera. Circa 530-520/15 BC. AR Drachm (22mm, 5.30 g). Cock standing right / Incuse square with mill-sail pattern enclosed within segmented linear border. Kraay Group Ia, 1–4 var. (O1/R– [unlisted rev. die]); HGC 2, 420. Lightly toned, flan crack, porosity. EF. Well struck for issue.

Ex M.J.W. Collection; Berk BBS 172 (20 November 2010), lot 53.

Founded circa 649 BC by settlers from Zankle, Himera was the only Greek colony on the north coast of the island. On evidence of its late 6th century coinage it would appear to have enjoyed a high degree of prosperity at this time, despite the relative isolation of its position. As at the other two Chalkidian colonies (Naxos and Zankle), the standard denomination of Himera's archaic coinage was the drachm of about 5.73 grams, being one-third of the Euboeic stater of 17.2 grams. It is generally assumed that the cock was the civic 'badge' of Himera, having been adopted in honor of the Euboian city of Karystos, perhaps the original home of many of the first colonists. In 483 BC, Himera was captured by Theron, tyrant of Akragas, and thereafter the crab of Akragas appeared as the reverse type on the coinage of Himera.

The final winners of all Triton XXVII lots will be determined at the live public sale that will be held on 9-10 January 2024.

Triton XXVII – Session One – Lot 1-337 will be held Tuesday morning, 9 January 2024 beginning at 9:00 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 22.5% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 25% for all others.

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