Aspendos, Pamphylia (Archaic)
[B]Aspendos, Pamphylia (460-420 BC.)
[u]Obv[/u]: Hoplite bearing spear and shield, standing right; rare variant of more common sword-bearing hoplite coins from this series.
[u]Rev[/u]: Triskeles running left within incuse square; EΣ short-form legend; test cut.
[u]Attribution[/u]: High-end 19th century collection pedigree: Sotheby's sale (London, December 7, 1896). Bunbury Collection of Greek Coins [no. 347]. G.F.Hill (1901). Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Greek Coins, The Collection of John Ward. London [pg. 117, no. 730]. Sotheby's sale (Zurich, April 4-5, 1973). Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part II, Greek Coins from the John Ward Collection. [no. 620]. cf. SNG Aulock 4483.
[u]Provenance[/u]: ex.Morton/Eden(#1056), 2005; Ward Collection (#730), 1901; Bunbury Collection (#347), 1896.
[u]Weight[/u]: 10.53 gm
[u]Maximal Diameter[/u]: 19 mm
[u]Note[/u]: The "Bunbury Collection of Greek Coins" was one of the most extensive and most interesting ever formed by a private individual, containing not only the spectacular rarities in superb condition, but striving for "complete series of Greek coins of all parts, of all periods, and of all metals." It was "pre-eminently the collection of a scholar"; Sir Bunbury has graduated from Cambridge as Senior Classic in 1833 and took the Chancellor's Medal, he wrote a "History of Ancient Geography" in 1879, and contributed many articles to "Smith's Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology."