Artistry in coinage doesn’t have to dominate the visual landscape to
be impressive, at least according to an auction catalog for
Numismatica Ars Classica’s May 20 auction.
The firm offers the J. Falm Collection: Miniature Masterpieces of
Greek Coinage depicting Animals, in the May 20 sale. Dozens of the
more than 150 coins in the collection are about the same size as or
smaller than a Roosevelt dime. All of the coins were selected with the
“greatest attention and impeccable taste,” according to the auction
catalog, with a special eye toward the smaller (and often more
The collection “takes you on a journey across the whole of the Greek
world and allows you to truly appreciate how the same subject was
portrayed differently from one region to the other as well as the
sheer variety of animals represented on Greek coinage,” according to
One highlight is the circa 474 to 450 B.C. silver litra of Syracuse.
The tiny coin (weighing 0.86 gram) features an octopus on the reverse.
A pearl-diademed head of Arethusa is found on the obverse.
The coin is toned and the auction firm records its condition as Good
The coin is estimated to sell for 2,000 Swiss francs (about $2,094
in U.S. funds).
For more details about the sale, visit the auction firm’s website.
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