An early Greek coin from modern-day Italy returns to auction on March 13.
The circa 525 to 500 B.C. silver stater from Kaulonia, in Bruttium
(near the southern tip of Italy), is a highlight of Fritz Rudolph
Künker’s ancient coin auction, one of four auctions the firm has
scheduled from March 9 to 13.
The coin shows Apollo holding a daimon (a benevolent or benign
nature spirit) with a stag (deer) standing, its head turned back.
Kaulonia was one of several Achaian colonies established in Magna
Graecia in the seventh century B.C. Kaulonia’s coinage began in the
later sixth century, and was one of the many incuse types that marked
the beginning of coinage in Italy. Apollo, the patron deity of
Kaulonia, and related iconography were the primary design types
featured on the coins.
The coin was once part of the famed Prospero Collection, which was
auctioned in New York City in 2012. During that auction, conducted by
a consortium dubbed “The New York Sale,” the coin realized $22,230,
including the 19 percent buyer’s fee.
Graded as Extremely Fine, the coin is estimated to realize €25,000
($28,331 U.S.) in the Künker sale.
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