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Monday, May 5, 2014

Three major greek rarities at NAC

NAC Auctions 77 and 78

Great Spring at NAC

This spring, NAC’s sales 77 and 78, to be held at the Hotel Baur au Lac in Zurich, will be another unmissable numismatic event. More than 1,500 lots are to be sold in these two days, at an total estimate nearly CHF 10 million.

The estimates for these coins are likely to be exceeded by a magnitude of at least 2-3 times.

Auction 77 – The David Walsh Collection
This catalogue is exclusively dedicated to the David Walsh Collection featuring an impressive collection comprising over 150 prestigious and interesting coins, formed in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Lot 17: Greek, Syracuse, Tetradrachm, signed Kimon (ex Auction Leu 76, Lot 57 dated 27 october 1999). Estimate: CHF 1,000,000.

The star of the remarkable Syracuse series of this collection is undoubtedly a tetradrachm bearing the facing head of Arthethusa, signed by Kimon; collectors will no doubt recognise the coin (ex Käppeli collection) from the cover of the catalogue of Leu’s 1999 auction 76. This is, in our opinion, one of the finest Greek coins in private hands.

Other highlights include a selection of Athenian coins boasting a tetradrachm of the “Wappenmünzen” series with a glittering provenance (ex Jameson and Gillet collections), …
Lot 46: Greek, Athens, Gold stater. Estimate: CHF 350,000.
… as well as an extremely rare gold stater …
Lot 45: Greek, Athens, Decadrachm. Estimate: CHF 90,000.

The Greek part of the sale concludes with a wonderful selection of Bactrian coins with many rarities that have long been absent on the market.

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