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CNG Feature Auction 114

Lot nuber 503

THRACE, Perinthus. Geta. AD 209-211. Æ (29mm, 13.49 g, 6h). Actian and Pythian Games.


CNG Feature Auction 114
Lot: 503.
 Estimated: $ 1 000

Roman Provincial, Bronze

Sold For $ 2 500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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THRACE, Perinthus. Geta. AD 209-211. Æ (29mm, 13.49 g, 6h). Actian and Pythian Games. Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / Agonistic table with two victory crowns on top, two palm fronds between; below, five apples and amphora. Varbanov 297; Schönert-Geiss, Perinthos 647; BMC 51. Dark green patina, some light smoothing/cleaning scratches. EF.

Originally founded as one of four Panhellenic Games during the sixth century BC, the first Pythian Games were said to have been held by Apollo in penance for the killing of Python at Delphi. With gymnastic, athletic, music, and poetry competitions, the games evolved to display the very best of Graeco-Roman culture and traditionally drew visitors from across the empire. Illustrated on the reverse of this coin is the agonistic table showing the victors’ prizes: two victory crowns, representing the Action and Pythian Games, the two local contests held in the city of Perinthus. Traditionally made of bay leaves, which were sacred to Apollo, the leaves for the crowns were taken from the sacred tree in the Vale of Tempe in Thessaly. Between them are two palm fronds, and below, apples and an amphora.

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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