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    Transformation Punishment of Actaeon

    MYSIA. Lampsacus. Ca. 395-350 BC. AV stater (17mm, 8.39 gm, 5h). NGC (photo-certificate) AU 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style. Head of the hunter Actaeon left, wearing a stag's horn above his forehead / Forepart of Pegasus right. Baldwin, 'The Gold Staters of Lampsakos', AJN 53, 1924, 33b-c, pl. III, 15-16. Gulbenkian 694. Jameson 1434. SNG France 5, 1145. Boldly struck from dies of fine style on satiny lustrous flan.

    Ex Prospero Collection (The New York Sale XXVII, 4 January 2012), lot 470 (realized $120,000); Bank Leu AG 50 (25 April 1990), lot 155; Moreira Collection Part 1 (Superior Galleries 31 May-1 June 1988), lot 1518.

    In Greek mythology, Actaeon was a woodlands hunter who chanced to spy Artemis bathing in a stream. In retaliation for his gazing upon her nakedness, she turned him into a stag, which was then chased down and torn apart by his own hunting hounds. The obverse of this magnificent coin captures the moment of transformation, showing the stag's horn beginning to emerge from Actaeon's head.

    This coin has been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. It may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. E-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.




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