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Triton XXIV

Lot nuber 432

THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Derrones. Circa 480/75-465 BC. AR Dodekadrachm(?) (35mm, 40.52 g). Uncertain standard.

Triton XXIV
Lot: 432.
 Estimated: $ 7 500

Greek, Coin-in-Hand Video, Silver

Sold For $ 7 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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THRACO-MACEDONIAN TRIBES, Derrones. Circa 480/75-465 BC. AR Dodekadrachm(?) (35mm, 40.52 g). Uncertain standard. Driver, holding goad in right hand, reins in left, driving ox cart right; above, crested Corinthian helmet right; lotus flower below / Clockwise triskeles, floral ornaments between legs. Peykov A1430 (same obv. die as illustration); Topolov 9 (same obv. die as illustration); HPM pl. I, 10–1 (same obv. die); cf. HGC 3, 281 (for obv.); SNG Lockett 1271 (this coin); BMC 1 = Kraay & Hirmer 388 (same obv. die). Old collection tone, typical weak strike on reverse. VF. Rare.

From the Collection of a Northern California Gentleman. Ex Olga H. Knoepke Collection (Glendining’s, 10 December 1986), lot 146; Richard Cyril Lockett Collection (Part VI [Greek Part II], Glendining, 12 February 1958), lot 1190. Reportedly ex Empedocles Collection (noted on Knoepke ticket, included with lot).

The context and meaning of the Derrones' ox cart type dodekadrachms are still being debated. Little is known of this tribe other than what can be gleaned from their surviving coinage. Hoard find-spots suggest that they inhabited inland Paeonia, and the absence of these coins from the Asyut hoard suggests that they postdate the burial of that hoard (c. 475-470 BC). The obverse type depicts a male figure who is most likely the tribal king and hereditary high priest while the helmet suggests a military reference. Some rare dodekadrachms have letters on their obverse, which are thought to be the names of tribal chiefs.

The final winners of all Triton XXIV lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 19-20 January 2021. This lot is in Session Two, which begins 19 January 2021 at 2 PM 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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