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CNG Feature Auction 115

Lot nuber 232

IONIA, Uncertain. Circa 650-600 BC. EL Trite – Third Stater (11.5mm, 4.69 g). Lydo-Milesian standard.

CNG Feature Auction 115
Lot: 232.
 Estimated: $ 3 000

Greek, Electrum

Sold For $ 9 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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IONIA, Uncertain. Circa 650-600 BC. EL Trite – Third Stater (11.5mm, 4.69 g). Lydo-Milesian standard. Crude chimaira(?) right on striated background / Two incuse squares. Cf. Linzalone 1043 (stater); cf. Gulbenkian 719 (stater); Triton XIV, lot 299 (same rev. punches); Gorny & Mosch 190, lot 250; otherwise unpublished in the standard references, but cf. cf. Weidauer 11-3, 18-25, and 177 for similar figural-on-striated obverse trites. VF. Extremely rare.

See the following two lots for the hekte and hemihekte from this series.

The Gulbenkian coin was the first of this type to be published. Before it appeared in the Gulbenkian catalog, E.S.G. Robinson published it in the ANS Centennial volume (p. 586, no. 2), where it was described as a dolphin. Jenkins, in his catalog description in Gulbenkian, however, countered that it was more likely a depiction of a bird, and, in private correspondence, Weidauer concurred with his interpretation. The debate lay dormant until a denominational set of this issue, from stater to myshemihekte, appeared in Triton XIV (lots 298–302). Although the full details of the type remained unclear, there was a strong consistency to the outline of the form, which suggested that the element protruding from one side of the form was the head of a goat. This discovery makes it quite likely that the type is a chimaira at bay right, with the hind legs and forepart of the lion off the flan. Nonetheless, until an example is found with a large enough flan to encompass the totality of the type, the debate shall continue.

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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