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Electronic Auction 506

Lot nuber 12

IONIA, Ephesus. 2nd-3rd centuries AD. PB Tessera (16mm, 3.02 g).

Electronic Auction 506
Lot: 12.
 Estimated: $ 100

Selections from the Dalzell Collection, Lead

Sold For $ 100. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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IONIA, Ephesus. 2nd-3rd centuries AD. PB Tessera (16mm, 3.02 g). The Three Graces, outer two facing, the middle seen from behind / Cult statue of Artemis Ephesia. Gülbay & Kireç 52; CNG E-458, lot 559 (hammer $275). VF.

From the Dalzell Collection.

One curious aspect of the lead tokens of Ephesus is the appearance of types and dies either alone, with a blank reverse type, or paired with another type. The bifacial specimens often appear to have both sides struck at the same time. No satisfactory explanation has been made for this phenomenon, but it likely indicates that the authority for the issue was shared between two individuals. For discussion, see Dalzell, “Personal, Public and Mercantile Themes on Unpublished Lead Tokens,” in Tokens, Value and Identity: Exploring Monetiform Objects in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (2021), p. 85.

Closing Date and Time: 15 December 2021 at 10:03:40 ET.