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Stater tops Gorny & Mosch coin sale

Gorny & Mosch will hold auctions No. 224-226 Oct. 13-17.

The Munich, Germany, firm will put ancients through modern coins on the block.

A stater from Knossos on Crete, c. 425-360, B.C.E. graded very fine has an estimate of 30,000 euros or $38,700.

A stater from Knossos on Crete, c. 425-360, B.C.E. graded very fine has an estimate of 30,000 euros or $38,700.

Highlighting the sale is an archaic silver stater from Knossos on Crete that depicts the Minotaur on its obverse and a  maze on its reverse. It has a presale estimate of 30,000 euros, or $38,700.

A stater of the Delphic Amphictiony, that was used to finance the building of the new Temple of Apollo after the fire in about EF also is estimated at $38,700.

There is also a posthumous gold stater of the Macedonian king Philip II, whose obverse depiction is often interpreted as a portrait of Alexander the Great. The EF piece has an estimate of $6,450.

A double stater of Alexander the Great minted during his lifetime at Aigai  in EF is expected to bring $19,350.

A comprehensive series of more than 20 Athenian owls, including some pieces dating from archaic times are estimated at $1,290 to $3,225 each.

Auction 225 also will feature ancient coins and multiple-piece lots.

Apart from individual coin highlights, there are two very special collections in sale 226: The Jaggi Collection “Pledges of Divine Protection” and the “Collection of a Numisnautic.”

From Germany comes a ducat of Frederick, King in Prussia, from 1701. In EF condition it is estimated at $19,350.

A  2-1/2 ducats from Hamburg with no date in EF, could bring $25,800 and a thaler, no date, of Georg Christian, Regent of East Frisia, 1660-1665 in about EF has an estimate of $19,350.

All catalogs can be viewed on the internet at http://www.gmcoinart.de/online_katalog and ordered at Gorny & Mosch, Giessener Münzhandlung, Maximiliansplatz 20, D-80333 Munich, phone +49 / (0)89 / 24 22 643-0, telefax +49 / (0)89 / 22 85 513.

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