The famous statue of Zeus was found at the temple in Olympia, seen here in a historical reconstruction.
A coin struck from the same dies, but on an irregular planchet and in VF condition (with notable difference in wear), was sold in the New York Sale’s Auction No. 20 on Jan. 4, 2009, where it realized $17,250, including a 15 percent buyer’s fee, against an estimate of $8,500.
The same example was sold in a 2004 Leu Numismatics auction with an estimate of 2,800 Swiss francs (it realized 5,100 Swiss francs, about $3,913 U.S.).
The coins remain a pricey and rare snapshot of the famous statue from antiquity.