Nomos win today: Kroisos 1/3 Stater

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  1. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Supporter! Supporter

    I've had my eye on this little guy since Nomos put their auction out. I've been wanting a coin of Kroisos for awhile and this is one of the best I've seen in awhile with most of the lion and bull on the flan. It was more affordable since it's a fraction, but I'm pretty happy to add it.
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    KINGS OF LYDIA. Kroisos, circa 560-546 BC. 1/3 Stater (Silver, 15x11 mm, 3.60 g), Sardes, 560-550. Confronted foreparts of a lion, on the left, and a bull, on the right. Rev. Two incuse squares of unequal size. BMFA 2071. Rose 666. SNG Keckman 359. Very well-struck, attractive and lightly toned. Minted on an irregular flan, otherwise, extremely fine.
     
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  3. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    These are great coins, I always like looking through them. Very old too. Although how 'affordable' they are reminds me why I have to limit my areas of interest...
     
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  4. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Supporter! Supporter

    Yeah, that's why I could stomach the fraction. A full stater in this condition would probably be $8k+.
     
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  5. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Nice coin. Very clear design.
     
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  6. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks! That's why I liked it. Well struck and most of the design is on the flan. Usually these are missing quite a bit of detail.
     
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  7. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Amen-Ra-Hotep

    Nice coin. Good catch.
     
  8. AncientJoe

    AncientJoe Supporter! Supporter

    The full lion and bull are indeed remarkable on your coin - congrats! I also like seeing the edge of the design of the bull, an attribute that attracted me to my heavy stater:

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  9. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks for the compliment! Yours is fantastic, a real stunner! I feel like a pretty complete design is difficult to find on any denomination in the series.
     
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  10. El Cazador

    El Cazador Active Member

    @kazuma78
    I was watching 2 lots during today’s live bidding: Augustus Tetradrachm - which I lost, and Pegasus Stater.

    I was very happy to see price realized for the Akarnania starter below, as it was multiple of what I paid earlier this week for mine (second image below). 6FE4683E-05F6-4690-BA1B-FA337D9F80C3.jpeg 6ADAF311-F349-4A1A-83D0-A93AAAABF139.jpeg
     
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  11. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Supporter! Supporter

    Yours is very nice! That seems like a very high price for that Nomos coin. Prices were certainly strong today.
     
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  12. TIF

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D Supporter

    Man... I like that coin a lot, @kazuma78! It was on my watch list but ultimately I didn't bid (completely forgot about the auction! :sorry:).

    Congrats on the acquisition! :)
     
  13. panzerman

    panzerman Well-Known Member

    Great coin! Beautifully struck, congratulations on your win:D
    John
     
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  14. kazuma78

    kazuma78 Supporter! Supporter

    Thanks!! I bid on another piece but couldn't justify putting in the last bid needed to take it home since it is so tiny. The prices seemed pretty strong today, so when I walked away with this one for far less than my max, I was pretty thrilled. Can't wait to get it in hand! This was the other piece I bid on.
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    MYSIA. Kyzikos. Circa 550-500 BC. Hemihekte or 1/12 Stater (Electrum, 7 mm, 1.37 g). Two tunny fish: one above swimming to right and the lower to left; below, pellet. Rev. Quadripartite incuse square. Hurter & Liewald III, 35. Von Fritze 15 var. Very rare. Clear and attractively toned. Obverse slightly off-center, otherwise, extremely fine.
     
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  16. Ryro

    Ryro You'll never be lovelier than you are now... Supporter

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