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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 324

IONIA(?), Uncertain. Circa 625-600 BC. EL Unit (12mm, 3.90 g). Uncertain standard.

CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 324.
 Estimated: $ 1 000

Greek, Electrum

Sold For $ 1 300. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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IONIA(?), Uncertain. Circa 625-600 BC. EL Unit (12mm, 3.90 g). Uncertain standard. Parallel lines across field / Cross-hatch pattern. Unpublished. As made.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Roma XIII (23 March 2017), lot 146 (Macedon).

The attribution of this piece is uncertain. The only similar issue is an archaic silver fraction of Dardanos in Troas that features a cross-hatch pattern on the reverse. Electrum issues are tentatively attributed to that city, but feature a cock on the obverse (as on the same silver fraction), and are struck on the Phokaic and Lydo-Milesian standard, neither of which are compatible with the weight of the present coin. Moreover, the obverse here is dissimilar to any issues of Dardanos. The coin is unlike any electrum that has been attributed to the Thraco-Macedonian region, but the odd weight also makes an attribution to a mint in western Asia Minor quite difficult, though there are electrum pieces from that region whose weight standard remain unknown.

The final winners of all CNG Feature Auction 114 lots will be determined during the live online sale that will be held on 13-14 May 2020. This lot is in Session 1, which begins 13 May 2020 at 9 AM ET.

UPDATE: As the CNG staff and many of our clients remain under social distancing and other restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CNG 114 will be held as an internet only auction. The sale will take place as scheduled on 13-14 May 2020.

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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