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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 448

UNCERTIAN. 5th-1st centuries BC. AV (10.5mm, 0.53 g).


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 448.
 Estimated: $ 750

Greek, Gold

Sold For $ 600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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UNCERTIAN. 5th-1st centuries BC. AV (10.5mm, 0.53 g). Bearded head facing / Blank. As made.

From the Jonathan P. Rosen Collection. Ex G.J.P. Collection (Roma XII, 29 September 2016), lot 173.

A variety of thin, uniface disks of this nature are known that have a single obverse type that mimics a coin type (see, e.g., CNG 75, lot 376, mimicking the obverse of coins of Ephesos; CNG 55, lot 359, mimicking the reverse type of New Style Tetradrachms of Athens; and CNG 55, lot 1866, mimicking the reverse type of Sikyon staters). Numerous coin issues could have influenced the type chosen here; among the most popular are facing heads of a satyr or Silenos. All of these pseudo-coins have no sign of attachment, are too thin for normal use, and are often found in burial sites. In ancient times, it was customary to place coins with the dead during burial so that the deceased could pay the boatman Charon to ferry them across the river Styx. These uniface tokens probably also served this same purpose.

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 2, which begins 13 May 2020 at 2 PM 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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