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Kos, Carian Islands (Xanthippos, magistrate)


[B]Kos, Carian Islands (Xanthippos, magistrate; 285-258 BC.) AR Tetradrachm[/B] [u]Obv[/u]: Head of the youthful Herakles (Lysippean style) wearing lion skin, facing right. Artistic die. [u]Rev[/u]: Crab over bow case within dotted square border; K-ΩIO-N distributed above crab; ΞANΘIΠΠOΣ (Xanthippos; Muensterberg, Br.M. 204) magistrate legend between crab and bowcase. [u]Attribution[/u]: Requier, Pierre (1996). Les premiers tetradrachmes hellenistiques de Cos. Schweizerische Numismatische Rundschau. (Swiss Numismatic Review; SNR), Vol.75, pp. 53-64, pl. 7-12. This coin is noted on pg. 58, pl.12 and is enumerated as coin 67a (D13/R55). [u]Provenance[/u]: ex. G.HirschNachf. 184(#273), 1994; 186(#379), 5.10.95; ex. Lanz 125(#391), 11.28.05. [u]Weight[/u]: 14.98 gm. [u]Maximal Diameter[/u]: mm [u]Axis[/u]: 12 [u]Note[/u]: Artistic dies. Same obverse die as an example that sold Leu Numismatik 86 (lot#409), 5.5.03. However, in the Leu example there is a different reverse and magistrate (KΛEINOΣ; Kleinos / Muensterberg, Br.M. 198), which suggests that the coin above and the Leu example represent a die transition pair and possibly the succession of magistrates from Kleinos-to-Xanthippos or vice-versa. Greater wear appears on the Xanthippos obverse than the Leu Kleinos example suggesting that the order of succession was from Kleinos-to-Xanthippos. Muensterberg's numbering of Kos examples in the British Museum also supports this line of succession. A similar reverse die and magistrate (Xanthippos) is seen on a piece previously unattributed, which sold Kuenker 54 (#1980), 2000. GK210

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