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Catalogue of the valuable collection of Greek coins formed by the late Frank Sherman Benson of Brooklyn, N.Y. : comprising choice and interesting examples of the ancient coinages of Italy and Sicily, Greece and the Islands, Asia Minor, online

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THE LIBRARY

OF

THE UNIVERSITY

OF CALIFORNIA

LOS ANGELES



17 &

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CATALOGUE

OF

THE VALUABLE COLLECTION

OF

GREEK COINS



FORMED BY THE LATE



FRANK SHEEMAN BENSON, Esq.

of Brooklyn, New York,



COMPRISING



(Eijoia ano ihiimsitng (Ssamptag of ilju %ntwxt Coinages of

ITALY and SICILY, GREECE and THE ISLANDS,

ASIA MINOR, &c. SYRIA, EGYPT,

ZEUGITANA, &c.



WHICH WILL BE SOLD BY AUCTION,

BY MESSRS.

SOTHEBY. WILKINSON & HODGE.

Auctioneers of ICitcritn? ^Jroptrtn & ootorhs tlluntrutibc of tlje Jfinr Arts,

AT THEIR HOUSE, No. 13, WELLINGTON STREET, STRAND, W.C.
On WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 3rd, 1909, and Two following Days,

AND

On MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8th, and Three following Days,

AT ONE O'CLOCK PRECISELY.



MAY BE VIEWED TWO DAYS I'KIOI!. CATALOCCES MAY BE HAD.
Dryden Press: J. Davy & Sons, S-<), Frith-street, S..ho-s(]u.ire, \Y.



CONDITIONS OF SALE.



I. The highest bidder to be the buyer; and if any dispute
arise between bidders, the lot so disputed shall be
immediately put up again, provided the auctioneer
cannot decide the said dispute.
II. No person to advance less than Is. ; above five pounds
I'x 6'/.. and so on in proportion.

III. In the case of lots upon which there is a reserve, the

auctioneer shall have the right to bid on behalf of the
seller.

IV. The purchasers to give in their names and places of

abode, and to pay down IQs. in the pound, if required,
in part payment of the purchase-money; in default
of which the lot or lots purchased to be immediately
put up again and re-sold.
V. The sale of any lot is not to be set aside on account of
any error in the enumeration of the numbers stated,
or errors of description.

VI. The lot- to lie taken away, at the buyer's expense, imme-
diately after the conclusion of the sale ; in default of
whieh'Messrs. SOTHEBY, WILKINSON & HODGE
will not hold themselves responsible if lost, stolen,
damaged, or otherwise destroyed, but they will be
left at the' sole risk of the purchaser. If, at the
expiration of Two Days after the conclusion of the
sale, the lots are not cleared or paid for, they will
then be catalogued for immediate sale, and the ex-
1 tense, the same as if re-sold, will be added to the
amount at which they were bought. Messrs.
SOTHEBY, WILKINSON & HODGE will have
the option of re-selling the lots uncleared, either by
public oi" private sale, without any notice being given
to tin,' defaulter.

\ II. Upon failure of complying with the above conditions,
the money required and deposited in part of payment
shall be forfeited, and if any lots is sustained in the
re sidling of such lots as are not cleared or paid for,
all charges on such re sale shall be made good by the
defaulters at this sob'.

' 'i> nil mi n, irfni cannot attend this Sole, may hare their
"ntmissittiis j'nithfnliy executed by their humble St /-runts.

SOTHEBY, WILKINSON & HODGE,

I.",, Wellington Street, St rami, London.



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PEE FACE.



4 X examination of the Collection of Greek Coins, briefly described in
-l *- the following pages, will at once convince the observer that its
formation has been the work of one combining, in himself, the qualities
of a scholar, an enthusiastic numismatist, and an ardent admirer of classical
art. Such a one indeed was the late Frank Sherman Benson, and aided
by an excellent classical knowledge, and a natural and critical appreciation
of the beautiful in art, he succeeded in gathering together a series of
( j reek Coins, which has seldom been excelled in quality, and which
certainly forms the most important private collection ever made in the
United States of America.

The collection is well-known in New York, Mr. F. Sherman Benson
having used it to illustrate many learned and exceptionally useful addresses
to the members of the American Numismatic Society, and in the summer
months, during his absence from the city, it had been placed on public
exhibition at the University there. It was his desire that the collection
should, in its entirety, find a permanent resting-place in some public
institution in America devoted to classical and artistic training : tin's
desire it has been found impossible to realise, and, in consequence, it will
now be dispersed by public auction.

It will be found that the collection is principally concerned with the
numismatic history of ancient Italy and Sicily. It was to these series
that Mr. F. Sherman Benson first turned his attention, and to the end
he was probably more keenly interested in them than in the coinages of
Hellas and of Asia. It was only of recent years that he commenced the
study of the deeper and more virile productions of these latter countries
a study unfortunately interrupted by his sudden death.

To these preliminary remarks it is necessary to add a few notes con-
cerning the coins themselves. It will be found that the series of coins
of Apulia, Calabria and Lucania, are amply represented by admirable
specimens often of exceptional beauty and preservation, and mostly
coming from well-known collections. An idea of the thoroughness with



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iv PREFACE.

which Mr. Sherman Benson pursued his collecting is to be gathered by
an inspection of the many beautiful coins of Terina ; possibly no such
series as this lias over before been seen in a single sale. Of Sicily the series
is remarkably rich in line specimens : attention should be drawn to the
beautiful pieces of Akragas, with two eagles and the figure of Scylla (nos.
17t)-17>'. the Kryx with figure of Aphrodite (181), the coins of Himera,
Camarina and Catana (amongst the latter of which are three wonderfully
tine piece-, nos. 208, '20!>, 211), and to the many fine pieces of Messana,
Motya, Xaxos, Selinos and Segesta. The magnificent series of Syracuse
is one which, in itself, almost completely illustrates the rise and fall of
Greek art in Sicily. The early coins of the Gamori, those following of
Gelon and his wife Demarete, and of Ilieron, will be found illustrated by
many varied examples : the glorious period of Dionysios is admirably repre-
sented by the many signed works of celebrated artists; and the later
sections by such line coins as are shown on Plates XIII and XIV.

Of the coins of Greece proper, attention must be directed to the
altogether exceptional pieces of Acanthus, Amphipolis, Chalcidice, Dicaea,
.Venn-. I >elp hi. Thebes, Kli.s and Arcadia. The highly interesting coinage
of Crete is notably well represented; in the matter of beauty by the fine
coins of Cliersonesus, Gortyna, Cnossus, Phaestus. Priansos and Sybritia ;
in that of mythology by many specimens that record the fabulous histories
of the Minotaur, Europa, Kydon and other local deities and heroes.

The larger Held of Asia Minor to Syria will be found well illustrated
in many casus by coins well worthy of special notice here and the
catalogue finishes with the description of the coins of the Cyrenaica and
that mighty city Carthage.

'1 he collection is very fairly explained by the numerous plates ap-
pended, but it should Ik,' borne in mind that these in no way exhaust the
number of beautiful and interesting coins contained in the collection.






Sizes of the Coin*.



Settle n/MioHiiet.



CATALOGUE



OF



THE IMPORTANT COLLECTION OF

GREEK COINS



FORMED BY THE LATE



FBANK SHERMAN BENSON, ESQ.

of Brooklyn, New York.



FIRST DAYS SALE.



LOT

I ' 1 Hispania. Emporiai : M, weight 73 grs. ; nhc. Head of Perse-

phone to right, crowned with corn; around, three dolphins :
!l EMPOPITHN.. Pegasus to right; of unusually g<,d style
v and eery fine [PI. I] 1

ITALIA.

CAMPANIA.

I ][/ 2 Cales : Didrachm, tct. 112*5 grs. ; Head of Pallas to right wearing
crested Corinthian helmet with serpent on upper part : behind
week, fulmen ; below, H ; I,; ClALEN O. Fast l>ig;i driven l>y
Nike to left : a eery fine example and an uncommon rarer// 1

S Kyme : Didrachm, wf. 112'.*? grs. : Female head to right, the hair
rolled and hound with a cord : \i K . . . . ON. Mussel shell and
corn-grain : of rery fine style ; the obc. slightly damaged 1

! Hyria : D/'drarhm. wt. 1 12 grs. ; Head of Pallas Athena to right : on
the upper part of helmet owl and wreath of laurel : (,( YDIN . ..
Man-headed hull to left: n-ry fine [PI. I] 1

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"> Hyria : Didrachm, wt. 1 12*5 #r.*. ; .similar to last coin but with
U - IQY ami 1 mil to right; an unusually fine and well centred
e.rampl, if fine style [PI. I] 1

li Neapolis : Didraehm, wt. 11-4 #;>\ ; Head of Nymph to right, the

hair conHiuSl l>y a broad Stephanos : behind the neck E ; l.\

NEOPOAITHX. Man-headed hull to right ; above, Nike flying

to right and crowning bull; of very fine late transitional style

PI. I 1

7 Neapolis : Didrachm, wt. 116 grs. ; Head of Nymph to right, bound
with a triple-corded band : U N]EOPOAITH[X (in exergue),
Man-headed bull to right, crowned by flying Nike : beneath.
OAYMPI : very fine and rare: from the Montagu sale 1

v Neapolis : Didrachm, wt. Ill grs. ; similar to last coin : cornucopia
'and flower I) behind neck, A in front ; beneath bijjl on reverse :
n ry fine and rare [PI. I] 1

'. Neapolis: fh'drachm, wt. 111'3 grs.; similar to last coins: grapes
behind neck. AIO<t>ANOYX beneath : mono-ram [PA] beneath
bull: very fine : /nan the Von Wotoch collection 1

1" Neapolis: Didrachm, wt. W^'h grs.; similar to last coins: behind
v neck. Hekate carrying long torch and running to right : below.
XAPI : beneath bull, monogram [MY] : very fine and ran
[PI. I 1

Neapolis: Didrachm, wt. 114'5 grs. ; similar to last coins, but with four

.-. dolphins swimming around the nymph's head ; N EOPOAITX2N

in exergue of reverse : exceedingly fine and rare ; from the Bunbnry

mlh-rti,,,, [P|. I) ^ 1

Nuceria Alfaterna : A\. wt. 104' y grs. ; Youthful male head (the
river-god Samus ?) to left, wearing ram's horn: behind, dolphin
and final letters of Oscan inscription : I; our of the Dioskouroi ( \)

landing beside horse to left : in his left hand a flower-headed
- ; t!' : very fine and very ran [ PI. I ] 1

Phistelia: Didrarhm, wt. 1 Il'Tj grs. ; Female head to front, wearing
diadem : the hair loose and blown to the back ; !.! <t>IZTLVIS.
M m-headed bull to left : in exergue, dolphin: an in/usually fine
> .r<i uiplr and ran- [PI. I] 1

SliOSSa Aurunca: A\, wt. 10-1 ijrs. ; Laureate head of Apollo to
I! SVESANO, One of the Dioskouroi on horseback- to,
eadinjj a second horse; over his shoulder a long branch
lli a taenia th-d to the end : fine and n.(n 1



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First Day



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16




Teanum Sidicinum : A\, vt. Ill grs. ; Head of Herakles to right,
wearing lion's scaly); beneath neck, club ; li TIANVR (in retro-
grade Oscan characters), Nike driving a fast triga to left : a very
fine and rare coin ; from the Ihndniri/ collection [PI. ll 1

APULIA.

Arpoi : A\, wt. 109 grs. ; APPANnN, Head of Persephone to left,
crowned with corn: behind, corn-ear and sheath: 1/ Horse
prancing to left; above, star: beneath AAlOY (Alt in hi a
Daxos, chief magistrate of Arpoi- during the Hannibalic war):
exceedingly fine and of great rarity ; from the Bunhury collection



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Tanas : Didrachm, wt. 125 grs. ; TARA5 (retro.)-. Taras seated on
" dolphin to right ; beneath, escallo]) shell : the whole within a
raised dot-and-cable border : TARA, Incuse figure of Taras
seated on dolphin to left : in lower field, incuse escallop shell :
^ (the dolphin's eye and the details of the head and hands of Taras
in relief: also the inscription) : the whole within a sunk engrailed
border : exceedingly fine and of eery high rarity ; from the
Bunhury collection [PI. I] 1

Taras : Didrachm. ret. 122 grs.; ^AflAT, Taras on dolphin to

right : beneath, escallop : around, raised border with line of dots ;
l Wheel of four spokes ; of very early style ; very fine and rare 1

Tanas : Didrachm, wt. 12.'3 grs. : similar to last coin : fine 1

Taras: Didrachm, wt. 12. '5 grs. : T-A-P-A-5, Taras, holding
sepia in his right hand, seated on dolphin to right : around, raised
border with line of dots ; 1/ TAPA (retro.) Hippocamp to right :
escallop beneath : around, a sunk and engrailed border: very fine ;
f rare 1

Taras: Didrachm, wt. 121*5 grs. ; TARA, Taras on dolphin to
CV left, lioth arms outstretched ; beneath, escallop: R Hippocamp to
left : beneath, escallop ; beaded circle around : very fine and very



PI. I



1



Tanas : Didrachm, wt. 122 grs. ; TARA (retro.) Taras on dolphin

.f to right, both arms outstretched : beneath, escallop : I.! TARA[$J.

Taras seated on stool to left, leaning backwards on a long staff

held beneath the left arm : a distaff' in his right hand : of early

transitional style : very fine and very rare [P\. I] 1



"1



First Day -J-

23 Taras: Didrachm, irt. V2bb grs.; TARA$ (retro.), Taras on dolphin

to right, both arms stretched out in front; escallop, beneath;
K Taras seated on stool to left ; a long staff' beneath the left arm ;
a distaff in his right hand : the exergual line dotted ; of fine early
transitional style ; in excellent preservation and eery rare ; from
the liunbury collection [PI. I] 1

24 Taras : Diilrachm, irt. 118 grs. ; TARA, Taras on dolphin to left,

escallop beneath; I,{ Taras seated on stool to left; a long staff
beneath the left arm, a distaff' in his right hand ; of later style
than preceding pieces ; well preserved and rare ; from the Bunbury
eolhdion [PI. I] 1

2"> Taras : Didrachm, irt. 1 18*5 grs. ; TAPAZ, Taivs on dolphin to
right, the left arm outstretched ; A beneath the dolphin : 1,1 Xude
youthful horseman to right, crowning his steed : in front, upright
caduceus : fine and a rare variety [PI. I] 1

2'> Taras : Didrachm, irt. 122 grs. ; Xude youthful horseman to right,
crowning his steed : in front, upright caduceus ; in exergue. AA ;
U TAPAZ. Taras on dolphin to right, the left arm outstretched ;
fine and a rare variety [PI. I] 1

27 Taras : Didrachm, irt. 1 1 9*3 grs.; Nude youth vaulting on horse
galloping to left; in his right hand a small circular shield; be-
neath the horse, A: l.{ TAPAZ, Taras on dolphin to left, a
-trigiH?) in his right hand: fine and uncommon 1

2> s Taras : Didrachm, irt. 1 1 8 grs. ; Xude horseman to left, helmeted
and carrying a shield on his left arm: beneath the horse, A:
!.' TAPAZ. Taras on dolphin to left, holding a trident on his
h'ft iii - m : beneath dolphin, K: in exergue, line of waves: of very
jiw style and rare 1

2'.\ Taras : liidrarhm, >rt. 121 grs.; Xude youthful horseman to right,

frowning his steed : beneath, kneeling youth, picking a stone from

the horse's off" tore foot; in front, 4> : i; TAPAZ, Taras on

..in to left, holding cantharus and small circular shield and

nt : beneath the dolphin E and curved line ofwaves : a fine

and very interesting and rare type [ PI. I j 1

Taras : Didrachm, n-t. 122 grs. : Helmeted horseman to right, thrust-

ith .-pear held in his right hand, a large circular shield and

'' -pears in his left: beneath horse, <t> I A I . I; (TAPAZ),

- "ii dolphin to left : a dolphin resting upon his right hand.

held in his left : in field to right, i\y leaf: below dolphin,

^1 : tin er large waves : eery fine 1



5 First Day

31 Tanas : Didrachm, wt. 120'2 f/rx. ; similar to last coin; beneath
\/ horse, ZA (or EA) ; 1/ TAPAZ, Taras on dolphin to left, a

distaff in his left hand ; beneath, prow
Taras : Didrachm, wt. 122 grs. ; similar to last coins ; AAI beneath
horse; 1,1 TAPAZ, Taras on dolphin to left; a trident on his
right shoulder, a small circular shield with figure of sea-horse on
his left forearm ; in field, <1>I and pecten ; the last eery fine 2



\d



.'32 Taras : Didrachm, wt. 118 grs. ; as last coin in preceding lot

Taras : Didrachm, wt. 121'3 grs. ; Nude horseman thrusting down-
wards with spear and carrying buckler and two spare spears ; in
field beneath horse, API ; 1 TAPAZ, Taras on dolphin to left ;
a cantharus in his right hand, a steering oar in his left; in field,
KA ; both good coins i>

33 Taras : Didrachm, 116*5 grs. ; Youthful horseman to right crowning
his steed ; beneath horse, ZA ; (TAPAZ), Taras on dolphin
*~j n to left, a wreath (?) in his right hand, a palm branch in his left ; ,/

in field, ZYM and helmet
Taras : Didrachm, wt. 120'2 grs. ; Youthful horseman to right
crowning himself with wreath ; beneath the horse, ZA and
capital of Ionic column ; ],{ TAPAZ, Taras on dolphin to left, a
coiled serpent in his right hand ; in field beneath, KON ; the
first an uncommon variety, the last very fine [PI. I] 2

3 I- Taras : Didrachm, wt. 98 grs. ; Youthful horseman to right thrust-
ing downwards with spear and carrying two spare spears and
round shield: to left, TY ; beneath horse, APIZTIP: H
(TAPAZ), Taras on dolphin to right, holding bow and arrow :
beneath, Al and elephant
Taras : Didrachm, wt. 98 grs. ; Youthful horseman to left : a nude
youth standing before the horse and crowning it ; in held to right,
l~Y ; beneath, APIZTIP ; [i as preceding coin ; both interesting,
and the first eery uncommon 2

35 Taras : Didrachm, wt. 99 grs. ; Youthful horseman to left wearing
helmet : his left side covered by a circular shield with stellate
ornament: in field. Ill, TYAAH : K TAPAZ. AN0, Taras
on dolphin to left, holding grapes and distaff'
Taras : Didrachm, wt. 101 #\; Youthful horseman to left crowning his
steed : in field. *Y, AYKINOZ : I.! TAPAZ. Taras on dolphin
to left, thrusting with trident, his left arm protected byachlamys:
in field, owl : both fine -



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First Day 6

:>> Taras : Didrachm, ict. 100"5 grs. ; Nude youthful horseman to right,
crowning his steed; in field, <J>IAOKPA, (NIK, monogram); l;
Taras on dolphin to left carrying (trident?): over his outstretched
right arm, Xike Hying to right and bearing a wreath ; in held,
L- ^*^APIT : eery fine and of excellent style [PI. I] 1

:>7 Taras : Didrachm (Campano-Tarentine), ict. 1 11 *5 grs. ; Female head

to left, diademed and wearing necklace and earring; li AT

( =TA> : nude horseman to right, crowning his steed : in held be-

''neath. dolphin [PI. I]

Taras : Litra. ict. 10 grs. ; Pecten ; l> Dolphin to right: beneath,

tripod: the first unusually fine 2

">s Taras : Didrac/tm (Campano-Tarentine), wt. 108'5 grs. : type as
similar coin in last lot but with TA and dolphin beneath the
horse mi U.
Taras : Diohol, wt. 1 6' 3 grs. ; Head of Pallas Athena to right : Skylla
mi helmet : U llerakles strangling the lion : in upper field, owl :
hath n r ii fine . 2



LUCANIA.

:i'.i Herakieia : Didrachm, wt. llStf/v*; Head of Pallas to right, wear-
ing crested Athenian helmet with figure of hippocamp : 1*
HPAKAEIHN. llerakles standing to front, strangling the
Xemeaii lion : at his feet to left, how and club : of excellent style
and best period ; rery fine and rery rare, /rum the Home collection
PI. II 1

to Herakieia : Didrachm, wt. 117 grs. : Head of Pallas to right, wearing

eiv.-ted helmet with figure of Skylla hurling a stone: in front.

A<Z"; i; PHPAKAH . . llerakles standing towards right.

-ling the lion : in field to left, KAA and club : between the

hei'os legs .in owl : rery jine and rery rare ; from the Montagu

r.,/l,rt;., I PI. II] 1

I Herakieia : D'nlrachm, wt. 1 -JO grs. ; Mead of Pallas to right : on side

ol noted helmet Skylla holding steering-oar : I.! HPAK

1 1 r ; i k 1 - straiiiiliiig the lion: to left, P3. pecten and club : fine
'i ml >i /- /// rare rariety i PI. 1 1 j 1

Herakieia: IHdrarh,,,. wt. I -jl'-.-j grs. : PHPAKAHIUN. Head of

- to iljlil. wealilij eresteil Corinthian helmet with figure of

Pi.P'iitly Imrlin- a stone: It HPAKAHIX1N. Figure

1 hi aklc-. -tanding to front and crowned by tlvinu



First Day



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Lot 42 continued.

Xike ; his right hand supporting a club, his left holding a bow and
arrows ; the lion's skin hung over his left forearm : in Held to
left, AOA ; to right, a ribbed cup ; very fine and rare : front the
Bunbury sale [PI. II] 1

VS Herakleia : Didrachm, wt. 122 grs. ; similar to preceding coin, but

without the flying Nike on reverse ; the small cup and A0A
both placed in field to left : eery fine <tn<l rare 1

44 Herakleia: Didrachm of late issue, wt. 1007 grs. ; Mead of Pallas
to right wearing crested Corinthian helmet: (,{ hHPAKAHIHN,
Herakles wearing the lion's skin and standing to front : his right
i j arm raised towards his head; a chlamys (.') twined around the

left forearm and the hand grasping the end of a club : in field to
left, HA and aplustre ; to right, <MA.f2; a very run- variety and
^ very fine 1

(^W; 45 Laos: Didrachm, wt. 118 grs.; A A5, Man-headed bull to right;

% the head bearded and turned back to left : U similar to obv. but .
incuse; a very fine and early coin ; < >/ 'great rarity [PI. II] 1

4G Laos: Didrachm, wt. 122'8 grs. ; AA, Man headed bull to left;

the head turned back to right : in exergue, acorn : \\ AA, Man

headed bull to right ; over its back, star ; eery fine and a eery
rare variety 1

47 Metapontion : Early Didrachm, wt. 125*5 grs. ; METAP. Ear of

bearded corn ; K similar to obe. but incuse : a eery fine e.eample;
from the Trist collection 1

18 Metapontion: Didrachm, wt. 123 grs. ; similar to preceding but of
coarser execution, and reading MET only: the border around

the design formed of very large beads: eery fine 1

1-9 Metapontion: A\ One-third Stater, wt. [2 grs.: META. Corn-ear :

U similar to obv. but incuse
Metapontion: A\ One-si.vth State/', wf. 20 grs. : as preceding coin ;

U Bull's head facing incuse : /mm the Trist collection
Metapontion : A\ One-si.vth Stater, wt. 16 grs. : Head of youth to

right (Dionysus .-) with ram's horn and ear: 1! META. Corn-ear ;

all eery fine : the last coin rare 3



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1



126 ars. ;



50 Metapontion : Early Didrachm of thick fabric, wt.

META (retro.), ear of bearded corn : U similar type, but incuse.
Metapontion: Early Didrachm, wt. 120 ;/rs. : similar style to pre-

\. eediiig coin, but with adjunct, ram's head, in obverse Held to left :

both eery fiio -



First Day 8

51 Metapontion : Didrachm, irt. 1 lo'o grs. ; (META), Ear of bearded

com; U METAP between Hve corn grains arranged in a star
around a central pellet ; well preserved and a very rare type ; from
the lUmvsujvnilas sale 1

52 Metapontion: Didrachm, wt. l\V grs. ; Head of Deraeter to left

bound with a narrow diadem of corn stalks; ij M ETA, Far of
corn; f very fine late transitional style, in unusually good pre-
servation, and very rare [PI. Ilj 1

53 Metapontion : Didrachm, irt. 1 19 grs. ; Youthful head to right with
\ ram's horn and ear and wreath of laurel leaves ; I* META, Ear

of bearded corn ; of late transitional style, eery. fine and very rare ;
?f from the Montagu collection [P\. II] 1

54 Metapontion: Didrachm, irt. 121 grs.-, Female head to right, the
hair looped-up at back and bound with a narrow fillet passed
twice around the head ; in field below, a long curved branch of
laurel : !,{ ME, Ear of bearded corn ; of unusually good style and
period, veri/ fine and very rare ; from the Montagu collection

[pi. ii] iis i

55 Metapontion: Didrachm, >rt. II!) grs. ; Female head to right, the
hair bound with a narrow taenia passed twice around the head,
the ends pendant at back of neck: l,{ META. Ear of bearded
corn : it eery rare type and in very good preservation [PI. II] 1

50 Metapontion: Didrachm, vt. 107 'o grs.; Female head to right, the
hair waved and bound with a narrow fillet passed twice around
the head ; [i MET., Ear of bearded corn ; of excellent style, the
ohr. slightly pitted hy oxidation [PI. II] 1

57 Metapontion: Didrachm, irt. li'l grs.; similar to preceding coin,
but struck from imperfect dies; of very fine style ana I rare 1

~>- Metapontion: Didrachm, wt. llHgis.; Female head to right, the
hair waved and bound with a narrow fillet; [i META, Ear of
bearded corn; to right, grasshopper; fine and a rare variety
[PI. II] 1

5!) Metapontion: Didrachm, irt. \-l()grs.\ Head of Xike (?) to left,
wearing sphendone ; in Held behind, small leaf (.') ; l,< META,
Far ot corn, to right : perched upon the leaf, a locust or grass-
hopper : '/ rery rare type, toil imperfectly struck ; from the Yon
Wotorh collection 1

Metapontion: Didrachm, irt. 11!) grs.\ Head of I'eisephone to
ri-dit, ' Towned with corn and with pendant veil behind neck : \{


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Online LibraryWilkinson & Hodge SothebyCatalogue of the valuable collection of Greek coins formed by the late Frank Sherman Benson of Brooklyn, N.Y. : comprising choice and interesting examples of the ancient coinages of Italy and Sicily, Greece and the Islands, Asia Minor, → online text (page 1 of 11)