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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 349

CARIA, Halikarnassos. Circa 400-387 BC. AR Tetradrachm (21.5mm, 15.24 g, 12h).

CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 349.
 Estimated: $ 7 500

Greek, Silver

Sold For $ 12 000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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CARIA, Halikarnassos. Circa 400-387 BC. AR Tetradrachm (21.5mm, 15.24 g, 12h). Head of Apollo, wearing laurel wreath, facing slightly right / Eagle standing half-right, wings spread; AΛIKAPNAΣΣ-EΩN around, star to right; all within incuse square. HN Online 637.1 (this coin); Konuk, Identities 22 = Hecatomnus p. 121 = Prospero 533 = Leu 20 (Biaggi), lot 131 = Hunt III 37 = Lorber pl. VI, 21 = Hurter pl. VI, F var. (symbol on rev.); otherwise unpublished. Toned, scattered marks, some die rust and mark on nose on obverse. Good VF. Extremely rare, one of five known facing Apollo tetradrachms of Halikarnassos.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex Roma XV (5 April 2018), lot 261; Triton XX (10 January 2017), lot 303.

The Apollo-eagle civic coinage of Halikarnassos has been known for some time, in multiple denominations from hemidrachm to tetradrachm, but all denominations were extremely rare until a modest quantity of drachms appeared in the Hecatomnus hoard in the late 1970s. This coinage was originally thought to have been struck after the Carian satrap Maussollos moved the capital of the satrapy from Mylasa to Halikarnassos, but the dating of the Hecatomnus hoard clearly showed that this was not the case; this coinage must have preceded the event. The implication of this new arrangement now clarified that Maussollos’ new Apollo type coinage was influenced by this civic coinage, and that this coinage, in turn, was influenced by the Rhodian facing-head coinage that had been introduced only a couple decades earlier.

Halikarnassos was well known for its sanctuary of Apollo at the summit of the Zephyrion peninsula, and certainly this deity is the one represented on the obverse of this coinage. Some numismatists have attempted to link the Apollo of Halikarnassos with the Apollo-Helios of Rhodes, but Konuk (in Identities) points out that the assimilation of the two deities did not occur until the Hellenistic period. The consistent use of the laurel wreath on the Apollo heads here also clearly marks this Apollo as being distinct from Apollo-Helios, who is depicted either bare headed or radiate.

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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