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Triton XXVII

Lot nuber 108

SICILY, Panormos (as Ziz). Circa 360-340 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 16.55 g, 6h). Good VF.

Triton XXVII
Lot: 108.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 6 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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SICILY, Panormos (as Ziz). Circa 360-340 BC. AR Tetradrachm (26mm, 16.55 g, 6h). Charioteer, holding reins in both hands, driving slow quadriga left; above, Nike flying left, crowning horses with wreath she holds in her extended hands; Punic ṢYṢ in exergue / Head of female right, hair in ampyx, wearing triple-pendant earring and pearl necklace; four dolphins around. Jenkins, Punic 47 (O12/R38); CNP 289 (this coin illustrated); HGC 2, 1016; McClean 3054 (same dies). Deeply toned, minor marks and scrapes, die break on reverse. Good VF. Very rare issue, and only one example from these dies known to Jenkins, with one additional in CoinArchives.

From the L.H. Collection. Ex Spink Taisei Numismatics 52 (Part 2, with Numismatica Ars Classica, 26 October 1994), lot 1816.

Founded by the Phoenicians in the eighth century BC, Panormos was established along the northern coast of Sicily as a trading post with the indigenous Sicani of the region. The people of Panormos, although active traders like the other Phoenician settlers in Sicily, felt little need for striking their own coinage; instead, they relied upon the regional Greek coinages for their transactions. By the late fifth century, however, as Carthage and its Punic allies were expanding control of the western Mediterranean, it became necessary to begin striking coins in order the pay the mercenaries used to assert Punic power. As a result, cities like Panormos began striking coins which could be integrated into the existing monetary system, and which derived their types for the most part from the Greek city-states in Sicily. This coin copies Syracusan coins of the late Eukleidas style with a Punic twist added to the design.

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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