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CNG Feature Auction 115

Lot nuber 21

BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Circa 400-325 BC. AR Nomos (19.5mm, 7.44 g, 7h).

CNG Feature Auction 115
Lot: 21.
 Estimated: $ 2 000

Greek, Silver

Sold For $ 1 800. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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BRUTTIUM, Kroton. Circa 400-325 BC. AR Nomos (19.5mm, 7.44 g, 7h). Head of Apollo right, wearing laurel wreath / The Herakliskos Drakonopnigon: the Infant Herakles, nude, crouching facing on rock, head left, strangling a serpent in each hand. Attianese 163 (same rev. die as illustration); HN Italy 2157. Toned, light scratches, small cut on reverse. VF.

From the James Barry Collection. Ex Pegasi XXXV (15 November 2016), lot 36.

From the consignor: The reverse type, the infant Herakles strangling two serpents, is highly artistic and was struck during a time of superbly talented engravers working at the main coin-producing cities of Magna Graecia. This is a rare type and certainly among the best survivors of those coins. The father of Herakles was Zeus, who had impregnated Herakles’s mortal mother, Alkmene. Hera was naturally unhappy with the impending birth and had two serpents placed in the crib of the infant Herakles. Being the son of Zeus, the babe easily strangled them.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 115 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 16-17 September 2020. This lot is in Session 1, which begins 16 September 2020 at 9 AM ET.

Winning bids are subject to a 20% buyer's fee for bids placed on this website and 22.50% for all others.

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