A silver tetradrachm from ancient Sicily realized just over seven
times its pre-sale estimate during Fritz Rudolph Künker’s March 13
ancient coin auction.
The circa 320 to 310 B.C. coin hammered for €180,000 ($190,433 in
U.S. funds), against an estimate of €25,000. The buyer’s fee ranges
from 20 to 23 percent, depending on bidding and payment method.
The obverse shows a female wearing a tiara. Experts suggest the
female is one of several figures, including possibly Libya, Elissa,
Venus, Aphrodite, or Artemis. Others describe her as a Carthaginian
goddess, representing the lands over which Carthage ruled (which
The coin was reportedly struck by a mobile mint during a time of
war, and likely was issued to provide financial assistance to
Agathocles’ allies, according to the auction house.
A lion and palm tree appear on the reverse of the coin.
The coin was graded as Extremely Fine by the auction house.
Künker offered four different auctions across five days, from March
9 to 13, which realized a total hammer price of some €9.6 million
(about $10.3 million dollars U.S.), according to the firm.
To learn about all of the items sold in those auctions, visit the
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